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Philosophy, History, and Tyranny: Reexamining the Debate Between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojeve

Brief Biographies of Strauss and KojeveOverview of the Present VolumeONE The Place of the Strauss-Kojeve Debate in the Work of Leo StraussKojeve, Hegel, and HeideggerModernity, Historical Philosophy, and HistoricismRecovery of the “Natural World”The Grounding of the Philosophic or Scientific LifeStrauss’s On TyrannyKojeve’s “Tyranny and Wisdom”Strauss’s “Restatement”The Subsequent CorrespondenceTWO The Philosophic Background of Alexandre Kojeve’s “Tyranny and Wisdom”The Origin of Self-Consciousness and the Desire for RecognitionThe Master-Slave Dialectic and the End of HistoryThe End of PhilosophyThe Wise ManThe Conditions of Absolute WisdomTyranny and WisdomTHREE The Place of the Bible in the Strauss-Kojeve DebateKojeve, Revelation, and HistoryStrauss, the Bible, and ModernityStrauss, the Bible, and “Pseudo-Rationalism”FOUR Leo Strauss’s Decisive Reply to Alexandre KojeveThe Defense of UtopiasThe Sufficiency of the Classical FrameworkThe Relation between Wisdom and RuleThe Political Action of the PhilosophersThe Best Social OrderConcluding RemarksFIVE Who Won the Strauss-Kojeve Debate?The Character of the Debate and the Common GroundSubjective Certainty and Recognition, Philosophy and the Quest for TruthThe Possibility and Desirability of the Universal and Homogeneous StateConclusionSIX The Epistolary Exchange between Leo Strauss and Alexandre KojeveThe Genesis of the French Edition of On TyrannyThe Issue of BeingThe Letters and the Idea of PhilosophySEVEN Kojeve’s Hegel, Hegel’s Hegel, and Strauss’s HegelTyranny, Wisdom, and the Missing Middle Range in On TyrannyStrauss and the Middle Range in Other WorksStrauss on Ancient versus Modern WisdomKojeve’s Hegel and Hegel’s HegelStrauss’s HegelOn Tyranny and TotalitarianismEIGHT History, Tyranny, and the Presuppositions of PhilosophyThe Idea of PhilosophyBeing and HistoryNINE The Notion of an End of HistoryPhilosophical Background of the End of History: Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, MarxKojeve’s Treatment of the End of HistoryThe End of History Toward the End of the Twentieth Century: Francis FukuyamaConclusion: Strauss’s Abiding Interest in Kojeve’s Historical Philosophy

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