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Political Philosophy Cross-Examined

Perennial Challenges to the Philosophic Life

  • Editors
  • Thomas L. Pangle
  • J. Harvey Lomax

Part of the Recovering Political Philosophy book series (REPOPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Thomas L. Pangle, J. Harvey Lomax
    Pages 1-3
  3. Robert C. Bartlett
    Pages 5-16
  4. Christopher Bruell
    Pages 17-28
  5. J. Harvey Lomax
    Pages 45-63
  6. Ralph Lerner
    Pages 119-136
  7. Devin Stauffer
    Pages 137-151
  8. Hasso Hofmann
    Pages 153-171
  9. Robert B. Pippin
    Pages 173-187
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 205-214

About this book


Political societies frequently regard philosophers as potential threats to morality and religion, and those who speak for politics often demand a defense of philosophy. This book will address philosophy as a mode of existence put into question.


Aristotle Jean-Jacques Rousseau liberty Machiavelli morality Niccolò Machiavelli political history political philosophy politics Rousseau

About the authors

Robert C. Bartlett, Boston College, USA Christopher Bruell, Boston College, USA Ronna Burger, Tulane University, USA Hasso Hofmann, Humboldt University, Germany Laurence Lampert, Indiana University, USA Ralph Lerner, University Of Chicago, USA J. Harvey Lomax, University Of Memphis, USA James H. Nichols, Claremont Mckenna College, USA Thomas L. Pangle, University Of Texas, USA Robert B. Pippin, University Of Chicago, USA Devin Stauffer, University Of Texas, USA Nathan Tarcov, University Of Chicago, USA

Bibliographic information


"The outstanding essays in this collection address a question that is central in our time, or any time. Can philosophy, the way of life governed by the uncompromising use of reason, defend itself adequately against rivals who claim that it is immoral, irreligious, impossible, or illusory?" - Mark Blitz, Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College, USA

"From the admirers of Leo Strauss to those of Pierre Hadot, students of classical philosophy are today rediscovering the idea of philosophy as a way of life - and 'ways of life' as a philosophical question. But as this stimulating book shows, those questions have been debated throughout the Western philosophical tradition, down to the modern age. By throwing a light on the centuries' long conversion about alternative ways of life, from pure inquiry to political engagement to religious devotion to serene solitude, the authors lead us to ask: what exactly would it mean to live a philosophical life today? And how would it stand in relation to the other ways of life available in modern democracy? A thought-provoking volume." - Mark Lilla, Professor, Columbia University, USA