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Political Philosophy and the Challenge of Revealed Religion$
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Heinrich Meier

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226275857

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226275994.001.0001

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The Renewal of Philosophy and the Challenge of Revealed Religion: On the Intention of Leo Strauss’s Thoughts on Machiavelli

The Renewal of Philosophy and the Challenge of Revealed Religion: On the Intention of Leo Strauss’s Thoughts on Machiavelli

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(p.23) Chapter Two The Renewal of Philosophy and the Challenge of Revealed Religion: On the Intention of Leo Strauss’s Thoughts on Machiavelli
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Political Philosophy and the Challenge of Revealed Religion
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Heinrich Meier

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226275994.003.0002

This chapter studies Leo Strauss's most complex and controversial book, Thoughts on Machiavelli. Strauss—who introduced the term “political philosophy” into philosophic discussion—links in his longest work the problem of Socrates, which designates the starting point of political philosophy, with the problem of Machiavelli, which names the beginning of modern political philosophy. Between Socrates and Machiavelli stands the theological and the political challenges of revealed religion, about which Strauss has presented with Thoughts on Machiavelli the most astonishing treatise. It concerns first the historical answer to the altered political situation that the rule of revealed religion created. Above all, however, it pertains to the philosophic answer to the challenge implied by the claim of truth of revealed religion.

Keywords:   Leo Strauss, political philosophy, Socrates, Machiavelli, modern political philosophy, revealed religion

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