In the court of a great king : some remarks on Leo Strauss' introduction to the guide of the perplexed

Sharpe, Matthew Joel 2011, In the court of a great king : some remarks on Leo Strauss' introduction to the guide of the perplexed, Sophia, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 413-427.

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Title In the court of a great king : some remarks on Leo Strauss' introduction to the guide of the perplexed
Author(s) Sharpe, Matthew Joel
Journal name Sophia
Volume number 50
Issue number 3
Start page 413
End page 427
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 0038-1527
1873-930X
Keyword(s) Leo Strauss
Maimonides
Guide for the Perplexed
Esotericism
God
Philosophy
Notes In the second half of this essay (begun in Sophia 50:141–158), we continue our reading of Leo Strauss’ important later essay on Maimonides, ‘How to Begin to Study the Guide of the Perplexed’. Our method is to try, as best as we are able, to read this essay as Strauss directs us to read esoteric texts in Persecution and the Art of Writing. As a means of testing and attempting to confirm our reading of this difficult later essay on Maimonides, we will close by situating our reading of ‘How to Begin to Study’ and Strauss’ partly concealed positions there on philosophy, prophecy and the Torah alongside the claims of his earlier, much less esoteric, but also rarely studied 1930s essay: ‘Some Remarks on the Political Science of Maimonides and Farabi’. Because of the widely recognised foundational importance of Maimonides in understanding Leo Strauss’ own lasting positions, this work aims at making a contribution to the continuing, and presently highly contentious, task of trying to understand Strauss’ thoughts on Athens and Jerusalem, reason and revelation, the city and man.
Language eng
Field of Research 220315 Philosophy of Religion
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
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Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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