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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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Alexandre Kojève Tyranny and Wisdom*

Alexandre Kojève Tyranny and Wisdom*

(p.135) Alexandre Kojève Tyranny and Wisdom*
On Tyranny
Victor Gourevitch, Michael S. Roth
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents a critique of Strauss' interpretation of Xenophon's dialogue. It argues that by presenting himself in his book not as a wise man in possession of knowledge but as a philosopher in quest of it, Strauss tells us not what to think about all this, but only what to think about when speaking of the relations between tyranny or government in general on the one hand, and Wisdom or philosophy on the other. In other words, he leaves it at raising problems; but he raises them with no view of solving them. The chapter addresses some of these problems implicitly or explicitly raised by Strauss.

Keywords:   Leo Strauss, Xenophon, Hiero, Tyrannicus, tyranny, wise man

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