On TyrannyCorrected and Expanded Edition, Including the Strauss-Kojeve Correspondence

On TyrannyCorrected and Expanded Edition, Including the Strauss-Kojeve Correspondence

Leo Strauss, Victor Gourevitch, and Michael S. f

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9780226030135

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

On Tyranny is Leo Strauss' classic reading of Xenophon's dialogue Hiero, or Tyrannicus, in which the tyrant Hiero and the poet Simonides discuss the advantages and disadvantages of exercising tyranny. Included are a translation of the dialogue from its original Greek, a critique of Strauss' commentary by the French philosopher Alexandre Kojève, and the complete correspondence between the two. This revised and expanded edition introduces important corrections throughout and expands Strauss' restatement of his position in light of Kojève's commentary to bring it into conformity with the text as it was originally published in France.