By Heinrich Meier,Robert Berman

Heinrich Meier’s guiding perception in Political Philosophy and the problem of published Religion is that philosophy needs to turn out its correct and its necessity within the face of the declare to fact and insist obedience of its strongest opponent, printed faith. Philosophy needs to rationally justify and politically safeguard its loose and unreserved wondering, and, in doing so, turns decisively to political philosophy.

In the 1st of 3 chapters, Meier determines 4 intertwined moments constituting the idea that of political philosophy as an articulated and internally dynamic entire. the subsequent chapters enhance the concept that throughout the interpretation of 2 masterpieces of political philosophy that experience occupied Meier’s cognizance for greater than thirty years: Leo Strauss’s Thoughts on Machiavelli and Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract. Meier offers a close research of Thoughts on Machiavelli, with an appendix containing Strauss’s unique manuscript headings for every of his paragraphs. Linking the matter of Socrates (the foundation of political philosophy) with the matter of Machiavelli (the starting of contemporary political philosophy), whereas putting among them the political and theological claims against philosophy, Strauss’s most complicated and arguable ebook proves to be, as Meier indicates, the main unbelievable treatise at the problem of printed faith. the ultimate bankruptcy, which bargains a brand new interpretation of the Social Contract, demonstrates that Rousseau’s most famed paintings might be properly understood merely as a coherent political-philosophic reaction to theocracy in all its forms.

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