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Heidegger, Strauss, and the Premises of PhilosophyOn Original Forgetting$
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Richard L. Velkley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226852546

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226852553.001.0001

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The Room for Political Philosophy

The Room for Political Philosophy

Strauss on Heidegger’s Political Thought

(p.110) Chapter 6 The Room for Political Philosophy
Heidegger, Strauss, and the Premises of Philosophy

Richard L. Velkley

University of Chicago Press

This chapter studies an essay by Strauss in which he defines political philosophy as the inquiry “concerned with the best or just political order which is by nature best or just everywhere and always” and observes that “in the last two generations, political philosophy has lost its credibility.” Implicit in Strauss’ observation is the global transformation of politics in the modern era by political philosophy of Western origin with a universal purpose. Political events are now globally connected and have become universal. Accordingly, it was thought that its highest philosophical ends could be adequately realized in the realm of practice. Politics as a practical art, although enlightened by philosophers, acknowledged the unlikelihood of its achievement in any particular society and pursued the best possible as allowed by the local conditions and character of given societies.

Keywords:   political philosophy, Strauss, global transformation, universal purpose, practice

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