Note on the Plan of Strauss’ The City and Man
The City and Man (1964) is examined as representative of Leo Strauss’ teaching. Read from a Cold War perspective, The City and Man offers a window into Strauss’ teaching in its purest form: no less than an anti-utopian political manifesto intended to bolster the West against the Communist enemy and urge the free world to mend its ways. Strauss’ interpretations of Aristotelian politics, the concept of justice in Plato’s Republic, and the idea of war in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War are prominent examples. It is in this text that Strauss the teacher emerges in all his glory; here, the complexities of his development from Weimar to America visibly converge.