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On TyrannyCorrected and Expanded Edition, Including the Strauss-Kojeve Correspondence$
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Leo Strauss, Victor Gourevitch, and Michael S. f

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226030135

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226033525.001.0001

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Leo Strauss On Tyranny

Leo Strauss On Tyranny

(p.22) Leo Strauss On Tyranny
On Tyranny
Victor Gourevitch, Michael S. Roth
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents Strauss' analysis of Xenophon's dialogue Hiero or Tyrannicus. Here he also explains his reasons for submitting this detailed analysis of a forgotten dialogue on tyranny to the consideration of political scientists. He argues that the analysis of the Hiero leads to the conclusion that the teaching of that dialogue comes as near to the teaching of the Prince as the teaching of any Socratic could possibly come. By confronting the teaching of the Prince with that transmitted through the Hiero, one can grasp most clearly the subtlest and indeed the decisive difference between Socratic political science and Machiavellian political science.

Keywords:   tyranny, political science, political scientists, political life, Socrates, Machiavelli, Xenophon, Hiero

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