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Volume 50, Issue 1, Fall 2023


The Crisis of the West and Strauss on Xenophon: A Prologue to a Comprehensive Study
by Eric Buzzetti

French Antecedents of Carl Schmitt’s Concrete-Order Thinking: From Georges Sorel’s Myth to Maurice Hauriou’s Institution
by Wojciech Engelking

Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin on Philosophy and Politics in Plato’s Republic
by Yashar Jeirani

Heidegger’s “Metametaphysics”: Heidegger on Modernity and Postmodernity
by Allen Porter

On Strauss on Xenophon’s Symposium
by Matthew Wells

Review Essays

Returning to Pascal? Pierre Manent on the Lost Origins of Political Modernity
by Alexis Carré

Charles Péguy: Eternity in Love with the Productions of Time
Ralph C. Wood

Book Reviews

Plato’s Symposium and Phaedrus. Translated by Joe Sachs
by Robert C. Bartlett

Leo Strauss on Plato’s “Euthyphro”: The 1948 Notebook by Hannes Kerber and Svetozar Y. Minkov
by Steven H. Frankel

Rediscovering Political Friendship: Aristotle’s Theory & Modern Identity, Community, and Equality by Paul W. Ludwig
by S. N. Jaffe

The River War by Winston Churchill. Edited by James W. Muller
by Marjorie Jeffrey

Professor of Apocalypse: The Many Lives of Jacob Taubes by Jerry Z. Muller
by Joshua Parens

The Life of Wisdom in Rousseau’s “Reveries” by Thomas L. Pangle and Dreaming of Justice, Waking to Wisdom by Laurence D. Cooper
by John Scott

Volume 49, Issue 3, Spring 2023


On Higher Education and the Crisis of Our Time: A Lecture by Leo Strauss
by Hannes Kerber & Svetozar Y. Minkov

Philosophy, Politics, and Rhetoric in Cicero’s On the Orator
by David Fott 

“Solomon’s Science”: Spinoza on the Possibility and Limits of Ancient Philosophy
by Robert Wyllie

Montaigne and the Theological-Political Problem
by Erfan Xia


“Satanic,” “An Atheistic Doctrine of Woman”: A Review of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1951)
by Ida Friederike Görres

Flannery O’Connor and the Perils of Governing by Tenderness by Jerome C. Foss
by Ralph C. Wood

What Happened to Civility: The Promise and Failure of Montaigne’s Modern Project by Ann Hartle
by Angela Knobel

Leo Strauss and Islamic Political Thought by Rasoul Namazi
by Alexander Orwin

Volume 49, Issue 2, Winter 2023

Essays in Honor of Christopher Kelly

Contributors to This Issue

by Eve Grace

The Case Against (and For) Gulliver: An Introduction to Gulliver’s Travels
by Timothy Brennan

Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Rousseau on the Subjection of Men
by Kimberley J. Burns, Daniel E. Burns

Beauty in Love and Speaking of Love: Lessons from the Phaedrus
by Robert Faulkner

Rousseau and the Metamorphoses of the I
by Claude Habib

“My Entire Philosophy”: The Project of Rousseau’s Lettres morales
by Ryan Patrick Hanley

The Victory of Sophistry in Plato’s Theaetetus
by Henry Higuera

Pascal and Rousseau
by Pierre Manent

A Socratic Pedagogy? Rousseau’s Response to D’Offreville
by Jean-François Perrin

Burke and the Politics of the Sublime (and Beautiful)
by Susan Meld Shell

Prospero’s Art: On Shakespeare’s The Tempest
by Nicholas C. Starr

Literary Theory in Henry Fielding’s Jonathan Wild
by John Uhr

Volume 49, Issue 1, Winter 2022

Question of Self-Reference in Nicomachean Ethics, Book 6
by Richard F. Hassing

Book Reviews

The Soul of Politics: Harry V. Jaffa and the Fight for America, by Glenn Ellmers
by W. B. Allen

Democracy and the History of Political Thought, edited by Patrick N. Cain, Stephen Patrick Sims, and Stephen A. Block
by Elizabeth C’de Baca Eastman

Strauss, Spinoza & Sinai: Orthodox Judaism and Modern Questions of Faith, edited by Jeffrey Bloom, Alec Goldstein, and Gil Student
by Steven H. Frankel

The Statesman as Thinker: Portraits of Greatness, Courage, and Nobility, by Daniel J. Mahoney
by Steven H. Frankel

L’Antiquité politique de Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Entre exemples et modèles,by Flora Champy
by Christopher Kelly

Leo Strauss on Political Philosophy: Responding to the Challenge of Positivism and Historicism, edited by Catherine H. Zuckert
by Douglas Kries

Democracy and the History of Political Thought, edited by Patrick N. Cain, Stephen Patrick Sims, and Stephen A. Block
by Miguel Morgado

Reason and Politics: The Nature of Political Phenomena, by Mark Blitz
by Will Morrisey

Strauss, Spinoza & Sinai: Orthodox Judaism and Modern Questions of Faith, edited by Jeffrey Bloom, Alec Goldstein, and Gil Student
by David Lewis Schaefer

Progressivism: The Strange History of a Radical Idea, by Bradley C. S. Watson
by David Lewis Schaefer

Volume 48 Issue 3, Summer 2022

Thomas More’s Hermeneutic Politics
by Jason Blakely

“A Mysterious Communication”: Schopenhauer’s Will to Live in Conrad’s The Secret Sharer
by John Kirby

Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature as Foundational for His Political Philosophy
by Thomas L. Pangle

Timothy W. Burns, Leo Strauss on Democracy, Technology, and Liberal Education: An Exchange
Remarks on Timothy W. Burns’s Leo Strauss on Democracy, Technology, and Liberal Education
by Devin Stauffer

Reply to Devin Stauffer
by Timothy W. Burns

Heinrich Meier, What Is Nietzsche’s Zarathustra?: An Exchange
Book Review: What Is Nietzsche’s Zarathustra?, by Heinrich Meier
by Shilo Brooks

Review Essay: On Heinrich Meier’s What Is Nietzsche’s Zarathustra? A Philosophical Confrontation
by Laurence Lampert

A Short Response to a Polite Request
by Heinrich Meier

Reply to Heinrich Meier
by Laurence Lampert

Book Review
Limits: Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care by Giorgos Kallis
by Jacob Boros

Post-Holocaust Thought and Its Philosophical Sources, ed. Kenneth Hart Green and Martin D. Yaffe eds., by Emil Fackenheim
by Steven H. Frankel

Volume 48 Issue 2, Fall 2022

Plato’s Second Alcibiades [Or, On Prayer: Maieutic] A Literal Translation
by Eli Friedland

Adam Smith on Rousseau and the Origin of Languages
by Nelson Lund

Book Reviews

Heidegger: Zur Selbst- und Fremdbestimmung seiner Philosophie, by Oliver Precht
by Rodrigo Chacón

Our Dear-Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America, by Michael D. Breidenbach
by Jerome C. Foss

Die Aufklärung der Aufklärung: Lessing und die Herausforderung des Christentums, by Hannes Kerber
by Till Kinzel

The Female Drama, by Charlotte C. S. Thomas
by Carol McNamara

Mighty Opposites: Machiavelli and Shakespeare Match Wits, by Michael Platt
by Will Morrisey

Wakefulness and World: An Invitation to Philosophy, by Matthew Linck
by Lewis Pearson

Volume 48 Issue 1, Fall 2021

Overcoming the Powerful Prejudice against Xenophon: A Debate between Leo Strauss and Friedrich Schleiermacher
by Iraj Azarfaza

Sanza Mezzo: A Reading of Dante’s Paradiso Cantos 5–7
by John F. Cornell

The Unfolding Plan of “Maxims and Arrows” in Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols
by Thomas L. Pangle

Book Reviews

Crisis of the Two Constitutions by Charles R. Kesler
by Francis J. Beckwith

Warspeak: Nietzsche’s Victory over Nihilism by Lise van Boxel
by Shilo Brooks

Founding God’s Nation: Reading Exodus by Leon R. Kass
by Steven H. Frankel

De Anima (On Soul) by Aristotle, Translated by David Bolotin
by Eli Friedland

Hypocrisy and the Philosophical Intentions of Rousseau by Matthew D. Mendham
by Christopher Kelly

Una filosofia in esilio by Carlo Altini
by Marco Menon

A Political Philosophy of Conservatism by Ferenc Hörcher
by Miguel Morgado

The Music of Reason by Michael Davis
by Travis Mulroy

Reason and Character by Lorraine Smith Pangle
by April Dawn Olsen

Nature, Law, and the Sacred by Evanthia Speliotis
by Joshua Parens

Theory and Practice by Jacques Derrida
by Oliver Precht

Learning One’s Native Tongue by Tracy B. Strong
by Charles T. Rubin

Montaigne and the Tolerance of Politics by Douglas I. Thompson
by David Lewis Schaefer

Property and the Pursuit of Happiness by Edward J. Erler and An Anti-Federalist Constitution by Michael J. Faber
by Thomas E. Schneider

America’s Revolutionary Mind by C. Bradley Thompson
by Lee Ward

Recovering the Liberal Spirit by Steven F. Pittz
by Jacob C. J. Wolf

Volume 47 Issue 3, Summer 2021

The Virtues and the Audience in Aristotle’s Rhetoric
by  Ann Charney Colmo

Reasonable Foundations for Happiness: The Pursuit of Self-Knowledge in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
by Dustin Gish

Richard III, Moralist: Shakespeare’s Critique of the Politics of Christian Piety
by Dana Jalbert Stauffer

Review Essays

The Philosophy of Emil Fackenheim: From Revelation to the Holocaust by Kenneth Hart Green
by Jeffrey A. Bernstein

Friedrich Nietzsche and the Artists of the New Weimar by Sebastian Schütze
by Borys M. Kowalsky

Book Reviews

The Spartan Drama of Plato’s “Laws” by Eli Friedland
by Robert A. Ballingall

Shakespeare’s Coriolanus: two editions by Jeffrey Kahan and Jan Blits
by Adam M. Carrington

The Philosophy of Isaiah Berlin by Johnny Lyons
by David Fott

Memoirs on Pauperism and Other Writings: Poverty, Public Welfare, and Inequality by Alexis de Tocqueville
by Will Morrisey

Leo Strauss and the Theopolitics of Culture by Philipp von Wussow
by Antoine Pageau-St-Hilaire

Justice Is Steady Work: A Conversation on Political Theory by Michael Walzer and Astrid von Busekist
by Benjamin Schvarcz

Montaigne: Life without Law by Pierre Manent
by Daniel Tanguay

Natural Law and Human Rights: Toward a Recovery of Practical Reason by Pierre Manent
by Jonathan Yudelman

Volume 47 Issue 2, Winter 2021

The Political Significance of Friendship in Plato’s Lysis
by Lewis Fallis

The First Walgreen Lectures by Leo Strauss (1949)
by J. A. Colen & Anthony Vecchio

An Exchange

Schaefer contra Political Philosophy
by Edward J. Erler & Ken Masugi

Unretired: A Reply to “Schaefer contra Political Philosophy”
by David Lewis Schaefer

Review Essay

Nietzsche and Modernist Art, Part I: The Value of Friedrich Nietzsche and the Artists of the New Weimar
by Borys M. Kowalsky & Joseph Phelan

Book Reviews

“From Reflection and Choice”: The Political Philosophy of the Federalist Papers and the Ratification Debate, edited by Will R. Jordan
by Kevin J. Burns

Thucydides on the Outbreak of War: Character and Contest by S. N. Jaffe
by Steven Forde

Good Things Out of Nazareth: The Uncollected Letters of Flannery O’Connor and Friends by Flannery O’Connor
by Jerome C. Foss

Power and Progress: Joseph Ibn Kaspi and the Meaning of History by Alexander Green
by Steven H. Frankel

Multiculturalism in Canada: Constructing a Model Multi-culture with Multicultural Values by Hugh Donald Forbes
by Thomas Powers

Taking Comedy Seriously: Stand-Up’s Dissident Potential in Mass Culture by Jennalee Donian
by Aaron Zubia

Volume 47 Issue 1, Fall 2020

The Value of the Feudalistic Relationship in Edmund Burke’s Political Economy
by Kojima Hidenobu

The Centrality of Convention in Hume’s Moral and Political Philosophy
by Aaron Zubia

Leo Strauss’s Walgreen Lectures on Machiavelli

The “Modern Principle”: The Second Walgreen Lectures  by Leo Strauss (1954)
by Anthony Vecchio & J. A. Colen


Unmasking the Administrative State: The Crisis of American Politics in the Twenty-First Century by John Marini
by Borys M. Kowalsky & Patrick Malcolmson

The Habermas-Rawls Debate by James Gordon Finlayson
by David Lewis Schaefer

The Rediscovery of America: Essays by Harry V. Jaffa on the New Birth of Politics edited by Edward J. Erler and Ken Masugi
by David Lewis Schaefer


Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric: Translated and with an Interpretive Essay by Robert Bartlett
reviewed by Christine J. Basil

Augustine’s Political Thought edited by Richard J. Dougherty
reviewed by Matthew Berry

Francis Bacon by David C. Innes
reviewed by Erin A. Dolgoy

Curing Mad Truths: Medieval Wisdom for the Modern Age by Rémi Brague
reviewed by Steven H. Frankel

The Postsecular Political Philosophy of Jürgen Habermas: Translating the Sacred by Dafydd Huw Rees
reviewed by Raymond Hain

Plato’s Tough Guys and Their Attachment to Justice by Peter J. Hansen
reviewed by Samuel Mead

The Lost Soul of the American Presidency by Stephen F. Knott
reviewed by Charles U. Zug

Volume 46, Issue 3 (Summer 2020)

Poetic Justice: An In-Depth Examination of Aristophanes’s Portrait of Socrates
by Lisa Leibowitz

A Modern in Disguise? Leo Strauss on Marsilius of Padua
by Alessandro Mulieri

Locke on the Limits of Human Understanding
by Devin Stauffer

Churchill’s Marlborough: The Character of a Trimmer
by Charles R. Sullivan

The Guide to The Guide: Some Observations on “How To Begin To Study The Guide of the Perplexed”
by Ying Zhang


Dante’s Philosophical Life: Politics and Human Wisdom in “Purgatorio” by Paul Stern
reviewed by Marco Andreacchio

Michael Oakeshott and Leo Strauss: The Politics of Renaissance and Enlightenment by David McIlwain
reviewed by Elizabeth Corey

The Life of Alcibiades: Dangerous Ambition and the Betrayal of Athens by Jacqueline de Romilly; translated by Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings
reviewed by Emily A. Davis

The Catholic Writings of Orestes Brownson by Michael P. Federici
reviewed by Jerome C. Foss

Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America by Mary Grabar
reviewed by Steven H. Frankel

The Soul of Statesmanship: Shakespeare on Nature, Virtue, and Political Wisdom by Khalil M. Habib and L. Joseph Hebert Jr.
reviewed by Raymond Hain

Democracy and Imperialism: Irving Babbitt and Warlike Democracies by William S. Smith
reviewed by Richard Jordan

Homer’s Hero: Human Excellence in the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey” by Michelle M. Kundmueller
reviewed by Spencer Krauss

Lacan contra Foucault: Subjectivity, Sex and Politics by Nadia Bou Ali and Rohit Goel
reviewed by Lucien Oulahbib

Briefwechsel, by Martin Heidegger, and
Fiala: Die Geschichte einer Versuchung by Karl Löwith

reviewed by Jan P. Schenkenberger

Bureaucracy in America: The Administrative State’s Challenge to Constitutional Government by Joseph Postell
reviewed by Mark A. Scully

The Rediscovery of America: Essays by Harry V. Jaffa on the New Birth of Politics by Harry V. Jaffa, and
Unmasking the Administrative State: The Crisis of American Politics in the Twenty-First Century by John Marini

reviewed by Benjamin Slomski

Sparta’s First Attic War: The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta by Paul A. Rahe
reviewed by Scott Yenor

Volume 46, Issue 2 (Spring 2020)

Montesquieu’s Considerations: A Case Study in the Cycle of Regimes
by Michael Anton

Leo Strauss in Italy: The “Three Waves” of Italian Strauss Studies
by Marco Menon

A Discourse on the Beginning of Tacitus’s Histories
by James H. Nichols Jr.

A Synoptic Introduction to the Ontological Background of Aristotle’s Political Theory
by Thomas L. Pangle

The Reception of Leo Strauss in China: Two Chinese Straussians, between Theological Temptation and Political Criticism
by Rong Hengying


Naïve Readings: Reveilles Political and Philosophic by Ralph Lerner
reviewed by Paul Seaton


Reviews of Natural Reason and Natural Law: An Assessment of the Straussian Criticisms of Thomas Aquinas by James Carey
individual reviews by Erik Dempsey, John W. Grant and Antonio Sosa

Reply to reviewers
by James Carey

Reply to James Carey
individual replies by Erik Dempsey and John Grant


Review of Scritti su filosofia e religione, by Leo Strauss edited by Raimondo Cubeddu and Marco Menon
by Marco Andreacchio

Reply to Marco Andreacchio
by Marco Menon

Reply to Marco Menon
by Marco Andreacchio


Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick J. Deneen
reviewed by Michael R. Gonzalez

The Strauss-Krüger Correspondence: Returning to Plato through Kant by Susan Meld Shell
reviewed by Till Kinzel

The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime: Political Theory in Literature by Elizabeth Amato
reviewed by Patrick Malcolmson

Kryzys nauki o polityce z perspektywy filozofii politycznych Leo Straussa i Erica Voegelina by Marek Pająk
reviewed by Tomasz Stefanek

Volume 45, Issue 1 (Fall 2019)

“Who Would Be Free, Themselves Must Strike the Blow”: Revolt and Rhetoric in Douglass’s Heroic Slave and Melville’s Benito Cereno
by Matthew S. Brogdon

Socrates’s Political Legacy: Xenophon’s Socratic Characters in Hellenica I and II
by Ariel Helfer

The Radicalness of Strauss’s On Tyranny
by Lorraine Smith Pangle

With Steel or Poison: Machiavelli on Conspiracy
by David Polansky and Daniel Schillinger


Persian Letters by Montesquieu
reviewed by Ingrid Ashida

Legacies of Losing in American Politics by Jeffrey Tulis and Nicole Mellow
reviewed by Kevin J. Burns

Montesquieu and the Despotic Ideas of Europe by Vickie B. Sullivan
reviewed by Peter Busch

The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro
reviewed by Rodrigo Chacón

Shakespeare’s Thought: Unobserved Details and Unsuspected Depths in Thirteen Plays by David Lowenthal
reviewed by Bernard J. Dobski

The Woman Question in Plato’s “Republic” by Mary Townsend
reviewed by Elizabeth C’ de Baca Eastman

The Fragility of Consciousness: Faith, Reason, and the Human Good by Frederick Lawrence
reviewed by Michael P. Foley

The New Testament: A Translation by David Bentley Hart
reviewed by Raymond Hain

Walker Percy and the Politics of the Wayfarer by Brian A. Smith
reviewed by Thomas R. Pope

Doubting Progress: Two Reviews A Road to Nowhere: The Idea of Progress and Its Critics by Matthew W. Slaboch
individually reviewed by Lewis Hoss and Eno Trimçev

Volume 44, Issue 2 (Winter 2018)

Mark Twain’s Joan of Arc: An American Woman?
by Christine J. Basil & Rachel K. Alexander

Living Automatically, Living Remotely: On the Contemporary Reduction of Experience and Decision-Making Spaces
by Alfonso Galindo Hervás

Natural Justice and the Nature of Justice in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics
by John C. Koritansky

In Search of the Comprehensive Science: The Way to Philosophy of Alfarabi’s Plato
by Alexander Orwin


Flannery O’Connor: A Political Companion edited by Henry T. Edmondson III
reviewed Ralph C. Wood


Machiavelli’s Politics by Catherine Zuckert
reviewed by Marco Andreacchio

Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair by Bonnie Honig
reviewed by Thomas M. J. Bateman

Fit for the Presidency? by Seymour Morris Jr.
reviewed by Thomas M. J. Bateman

Machiavelli on Liberty and Conflict edited by David Johnston, Nadia Urbinati, and Camila Vergara
reviewed by Jarrett A. Carty

The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom by Thomas G. West
reviewed by Eric R. Claeys

An Archaeology of the Political: Regimes of Power from the Seventeenth Century to the Present by Elías José Palti
reviewed by Elizabeth C’de Baca Eastman

Rousseau’s Rejuvenation of Political Philosophy: A New Introduction by Nelson Lund
reviewed by Paul Ludwig

Heidegger and Politics: The Ontology of Radical Discontent by Alexander S. Duff
reviewed by Thomas Merrill

Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment by Denise Schaeffer
reviewed by Jason Neidleman

Founding Acts: Constitutional Origins in a Democratic Age by Serdar Tekin
reviewed by John R. Pottenger

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Volume 44, Issue 1 (Fall 2017)

Does Liberalism Lack Virtue? A Critique of Alasdair MacIntyre’s Reactionary Politics
by Jason W. Blakely

Bethlehemic Trilogy: Political Apology of the Davidic Kingship
by Nicholas J. Higgins

Political Philosophy and Democracy: On Xenophon’s Regime of the Athenians
by Gregory A. McBrayer


On the Happiness of the Philosophic Life by Heinrich Meier; translated by Robert Berman
reviewed by Ian Dagg

Leo Strauss on Science by Svetozar Minkov
reviewed by Nathan Dinneen


American Constitutionalism, Marriage, and the Family edited by Patrick N. Cain and David Ramsey
reviewed by Francis J. Beckwith

Two Works by Marcus Tullius Cicero: On Duties translated by Benjamin Patrick Newton, and
On the Republic and On the Laws translated by David Fott
reviewed by Eli Friedland

God and PoliticsinEsther by Yoram Hazony
reviewed by Jonathan Gondelman

Mad Men: The Death and Redemption of American Democracy edited by Sara MacDonald and Andrew Moore
reviewed by Katherine Paton Hoss

Political Philosophy and the Challenge of Revealed Religion by Heinrich Meier, translated by Robert Berman
reviewed by Douglas Kries

A Fortunate Universe by Geraint Lewis and Luke Barnes
reviewed by Tucker Landy

Montesquieu’s Political Economy by Andrew Scott Bibby
reviewed by John Peterson

On Civic Republicanism by Pierre Manent, edited by Geoffrey, C. Kellow and Neven Leddy
reviewed by Nathan Pinkoski

Constitutionalism, Executive Power, and the Spirit of Moderation,edited by Giorgi Areshidze, Paul O. Carrese, and Suzanna Sherry
reviewed by David Lewis Schaefer

Heidegger, Philosophy, and Politics by Jacques Derrida, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; edited by Mireille Calle-Gruber, translated by Jeff Fort
reviewed by Susan Meld Shell

Persecution or Toleration by Adam Wolfson
reviewed by Cole Simmons

Redefining the Muslim Community by Alexander Orwin
reviewed by Karen Taliaferro

The Framers’ Coup by Michael J. Klarman
reviewed by Quentin Taylor

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Volume 43, Issue 3 (Spring 2017)

The Political Theorizing of Aeschylus’s Persians
by Thornton Lockwood

The Qur’an, Reason, and Revelation: Islamic Revelation and Its Relationship with Reason and Philosophy
by Rasoul Namazi

Machiavelli’s The Prince and the Discourses: A Recently Discovered Lecture edited by Rasoul Namazi
by Leo Strauss


On Human Nature by Roger Scruton
reviewed by J. A. Colen

Rawls’s Political Liberalism edited by Thom Brooks and Martha C. Nussbaum, and
The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon edited by Jon Mandle and David A. Reidy
reviewed by Jerome C. Foss

Cicero’s Skepticism and His Recovery of Political Philosophy by Walter Nicgorski
reviewed by David Fott

The Book of Job: A New Translation with In-Depth Commentary by Robert D. Sacks
reviewed by Steven H. Frankel

The Second Birth: On the Political Beginnings of Human Existence by Tilo Schabert; translated by Javier Ibáñez-Noé
reviewed by Lindsay Glover

Cartesian Psychophysics and the Whole Nature of Man by Richard F. Hassing
reviewed by Pamela Kraus

Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow by Steven B. Smith
reviewed by Haig Patapan

The Form of Politics: Aristotle and Plato on Friendship by John von Heyking
reviewed by Nathan Pinkoski

Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras’ Challenge to Socrates by Robert C. Bartlett
reviewed by Linda R. Rabieh

After One Hundred and Twenty: Reflecting on Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in the Jewish Tradition by Hillel Halkin
reviewed by Richard S. Ruderman

Brill’s Companion to Leo Strauss’ Writings on Classical Political Thought edited by Timothy Burns
reviewed by Antoine P. St-Hilaire

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Volume 43, Issue 2 (Winter 2017)

On Rousseau’s Confession of Faith of the Savoyard Vicar
by Hilail Gildin

Simon Stevin’s Vita Politica: Pre-provisional Morality?
by Daniel P. Maher

Poetry and Reason: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by Rafael Major

Biblical Exegesis as a Way of Philosophizing: The Beginning and the End of Maimonides’s Guide of the Perplexed
by Ying Zhang


The Challenge of Modernizing Seventeenth-Century English Political Texts: A Response to Foster
by Lee Ward

A Reply to Lee Ward
by David Foster


Homer on the Gods and Human Virtue: Creating the Foundations of Classical Civilization by Peter J. Ahrensdorf
reviewed by Robert Goldberg


Principle and Prudence in Western Political Thought edited by Christopher Lynch and Jonathan Marks
reviewed by Stephen A. Block

The Socratic Turn: Knowledge of Good and Evil in an Age of Science by Dustin Sebell
reviewed by Eric Buzzetti

The Philosopher’s English King: Shakespeare’s Henriad as Political Philosophy by Leon Harold Craig
reviewed by Bernard J. Dobski

Humanitarian Ethics: A Guide to the Morality of Aid in War and Disaster by Hugo Slim
reviewed by Joshua D. King

The Foundations of Natural Morality: On the Compatibility of Natural Rights and the Natural Law by S. Adam Seagrave
reviewed by Peter McNamara

Beyond Radical Secularism: How France and the Christian West Should Respond to the Islamic Challenge by Pierre Manent; translated by Ralph C. Hancock
reviewed by Deborah O’Malley

Xenophon the Socratic Prince: The Argument of the Anabasis of Cyrus by Eric Buzzetti
reviewed by Lorraine Pangle

Philosophy and the Puzzles of Hamlet by Leon Harold Craig
reviewed by Nathan Pinkoski

Arendt’s Judgment: Freedom, Responsibility, Citizenship by Jonathan Peter Schwartz
reviewed by Manu Samnotra

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Volume 43, Issue 1  (Winter 2017)

Tributes to Hilail Gilden

Tim Burns, Marco Andrecchio, Javier Berzal de Dios, David Lewis Schaefer & John F. Wilson


Does Toleration Require Religious Skepticism? An Examination of Locke’s Letters on Toleration and Essay concerning Human Understanding
by Giorgi Areshidze

Nietzsche, Tocqueville, and Maritain: On the Secularization of Religion as the Source of Modern Democracy
by Robert P. Kraynak

Sculpting Modernity: Machiavelli and Michelangelo’s David
by Christopher Scott McClure


The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism by Jon D. Levenson
reviewed y Allan Arkush

The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence by David Bromwich
by D. N. Byrne

Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and the Risk of Democracy by Aishwary Kumar
reviewed by Christopher Colmo

Heidegger, Strauss, and the Premises of Philosophy: On Original Forgetting by Richard L. Velkley
reviewed by Alexander Duff

Two Treatises of Government by John Locke edited with an introduction and notes by Lee Ward
reviewed by David Foster

Thomas More: Why Patron of Statesmen? edited by Travis Curtright
reviewed by Martha Rice Martini

Leo Strauss and the Recovery of Medieval Political Philosophy by Joshua Parens
reviewed by Alexander Orwin

Tocqueville and the Frontiers of Democracy edited by Ewa Atanassow and Richard Boyd
reviewed by Rene Paddags

The Free Animal: Rousseau on Free Will and Human Nature by Lee MacLean
reviewed by Rene Paddags

Terrorism Unjustified: The Use and Misuse of Political Violence by Vicente Medina
reviewed by Jonathan W. Pidluzny

Alfarabi: The Political Writings, Volume II by Charles E. Butterworth
reviewed by Ahmed Ali Siddiqi

Machiavelli’s Legacy: “The Prince” after Five Hundred Years edited by Timothy Fuller
reviewed by Vickie B. Sullivan

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Volume 42 Issue 3 (Spring 2016)

Holbein and Plato on the Quadrivium
by David Foster

A Woman’s Laws and a Man’s: Eros and Thumos in Rousseau’s Julie, or The New Heloise (1761) and The Deer Hunter (1978)
by Nelson Lund

Socrates’s Argument for the Superiority of the Life Dedicated to Politics
by Thomas L. Pangle


How Philosophy Became Socratic: A Study of Plato’s “Protagoras,” “Charades,” and “Republic” by Laurence Lampert
reviewed by Liu Xiaofeng

The Meanings of Rights: The Philosophy and Social Theory of Rights edited by Costas Douzinas and Conor Gearty; Libertarian Philosophy in the Real World: The Politics of Natural Rights by Mark D. Friedman;
The Cambridge Companion to Liberalism by Steven Wall
reviewed by Matthew Post

AN EXCHANGE Reply to Antoine Pageau St.-Hilaire’s Review of After Leo Strauss: New Directions in Platonic Political Philosophy
reviewed by Tucker Landy

Strauss’s Platonism and the Fate of Metaphysics: A Rejoinder to Tucker Landy’s Reply
reviewed by Antoine P. St-Hilaire


Arendtian Constitutionalism: Law, Politics and the Order of Freedom by Christian Volk
reviewed by Rodrigo Chacón

Scripture and Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls by Alex P. Jassen
reviewed by Ross J. Corbett

On Sovereignty and other Political Delusions by Joan Cocks;
Freedom Beyond Sovereignty: Reconstructing Liberal Individualism by Sharon Krause
reviewed by Bernard J. Dobski

On Plato’s “Euthyphro” by Ronna Burger
reviewed by Lewis Fallis

Political Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters by Ronald Beiner
reviewed by Hannes Kerber

Western Civilization and the Academy by Bradley C. S. Watson
reviewed by Pavlos Leonidas Papadopoulos

Democracy in Decline? by Larry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner
reviewed by Antonio Sosa

Making Religion Safe for Democracy: Transformation from Hobbes to Tocqueville by J. Judd Owen
reviewed by Dana Jalbert Stauffer

The First American Founder: Roger Williams and Freedom of Conscience by Alan E. Johnson
reviewed by John B. Tieder Jr.

The Political Is Political: Conformity and the Illusion of Dissent in Contemporary Political Philosophy by Lorna Finlayson
reviewed by Shawn Welnak

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Volume 42 Issue 1 (Fall 2015)

Socrates’s Spirited Defense of Knowledge: Continence, Incontinence, and Human Action in Book VII of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics
by Stephen A. Block & Patrick Cain

Reputation and Virtue: The Rhetorical Achievement of Socrates in Xenophon’s Apology
by Kazutaka Kondo

On “The Literary Character of the Guide for the Perplexed”: Aporia and Euporia
by Michael Millerman

The Spirit of the Age: J. S. Mill’s Radical Manifesto
by Quentin Taylor


Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom by Mary P. Nichols
reviewed by Joseph Alulis

Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing by Arthur M. Melzer
reviewed by Jeffrey A. Bernstein

Leo Strauss: On the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History by Jeffrey Bernstein;
Leo Strauss on Maimonides: The Complete Writings edited by Kenneth Hart Green;
Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides by Kenneth Hart Green;
reviewed by Steven Frankel

Redeeming the Prince: The Meaning of Machiavelli’s Masterpiece by Maurizio Viroli
reviewed by Gregory A. McBrayer

Leo Strauss’s Defense of the Philosophic Life: Reading “What Is Political Philosophy?” edited by Rafael Major
reviewed by Susan McWilliams

A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful edited by Paul Guyer
reviewed by Frank N. Pagano

In Search of Humanity: Essays in Honor of Clifford Orwin edited by Andrea Radasanu
reviewed by David Lewis Schaefer

Democracy in Decline: Steps in the Wrong Direction by James Allan
reviewed by Thomas E. Schneider

Sovereignty: The Origin and Future of a Political and Legal Concept by Dieter Grimm
reviewed by Stephen Sims

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