Esoteric Philosophy and Ancient Wisdom

  • Shadia B. Drury


Strauss begins with the assumption that there exists an inevitable conflict between philosophy and the political domain, or as Strauss says, ‘the city’. Understanding this conflict is the key to understanding Strauss’s political ideas.


Political Philosophy Political Idea Political Domain Real City Philosophical Truth 
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  1. 53.
    Harry Jaffa, ‘The Achievement of Leo Strauss’, National Review, vol. 25 (7 December 1973) p. 1355.Google Scholar
  2. 66.
    Frederick D. Wilhelmsen, Christianity and Political Philosophy (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1978) p. 211.Google Scholar
  3. 73.
    See, for example, Edward Andrew, ‘Descent to the Cave’, Review of Politics, vol. 45, no. 4 (October 1983) pp. 510–35.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Shadia B. Drury 1988

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  • Shadia B. Drury
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  1. 1.University of CalgaryAlbertaCanada

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