Leo strauss on thomas hobbes and plato: Two previously unpublished lectures

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In recent years, there has been a considerable increase of interest in the thought and writings of Leo Strauss. This renewed interest has led to the discovery and publication of writings and lectures which heretofore have been available only to few scholars. The following two recently discovered lectures on Plato’s Republic (1958) and Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan (1962) were originally delivered by Leo Strauss in the Works of the Mind lecture series at the University of Chicago. In these transcripts one finds sharper and franker formulations of the issues discussed in Strauss’ published writings; they depict Strauss’ efforts in trying different approaches and lines of inquiry which provide the reader with fresh and fascinating glimpses into Strauss’s philosophical development and intellectual odyssey.






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Namazi, R (2018). Leo strauss on thomas hobbes and plato: Two previously unpublished lectures. Perspectives on Political Science, 47(4). pp. 239–256. 10.1080/10457097.2018.1494995 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/23502.

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Rasoul Namazi

Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Duke Kunshan University

Rasoul Namazi's research focus is the comparative study of Islamic and Western political thought. His work has been published in Comparative Political TheoryReview of Politics, Journal of Religion, Perspectives on Political Science, American Political Thought, Iranian Studies, Interpretation, Renaissance & Reformation, and Eurorient as well as several collected volumes.

Namazi’s book titled Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2022) is a recepient of the Delba Winthrop Prize for Excellence in Political Science. The book is a comprehensive study of Leo Strauss’s writings on Islamic political thought. He is currently editing a volume titled Leo Strauss on Religion: Writings and Interpretations (Forthcoming with SUNY Press) and working on a book-length manuscript on early Islamic political thought.

A laureate of Prix Raymond Aron, Namazi has a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, M.A. in Political Philosophy and Ethics from Université Paris-Sorbonne, M.A. in Political Studies from EHESS, and B.A. in Political Sciences from the University of Central Tehran. Before joining Duke Kunshan University, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (2019-2021) and a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago (2016-2018).

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