Between Eternities

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-19
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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Between Eternities reflects on the possibility of political philosophy as an ongoing, architectonic activity that is necessarily linked to both the past and future. Almost all contemporary work in political philosophy either studies the subject with an eye to past tradition_choosing a winner from that tradition and then deducing what follows from the posited premises in a thoroughly modern, constructivist fashion_or else limits itself to drawing out what follows from already accepted premises and principles. There is almost no effort to reflect upon the prerequisites for the tradition being an ongoing undertaking that can have a unique future. Between Eternities attempts to set loose that thinking toward the future.

Author Biography

Gregory Bruce Smith is professor of political science and philosophy and affiliated with the departments of political science and philosophy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Political Philosophy; Is There a Future Tradition?p. 1
Modern Constructivism or Phenomenology
Preface to Part 1: Modernity and Its Closurep. 13
The "End of History" or a Portal to the Future: Does Anything Lie Beyond Late Modernity?p. 17
What Is Political Philosophy: A Phenomenological Approachp. 37
Machiavelli's The Prince and the Essence of Modernityp. 65
Phenomenology or Constructivism: Robert Pippin's Modernityp. 85
Cacophony or Silence: Derrida's Deconstructionism and the Possibility of Political Philosophyp. 107
Leo Strauss and the Tradition; an Engagement
Preface to Part 2: Remembrance and Traditionp. 147
Who Was Leo Strauss?p. 151
Leo Strauss and the Straussians: An Anti-Democratic Cult?p. 167
Athens and Washington: Leo Strauss and the American Regimep. 187
On a Possible Epicurean Garden for Philosophy: Philosophy and the City in the Thought of Leo Straussp. 215
On Cropsey's World: Joseph Cropsey and the Tradition of Political Philosophyp. 249
On the Tradition of Political Philosophy in the Future: Leo Strauss and Martin Heideggerp. 279
The Non-Metaphysical Plato: Second Beginnings?
Preface to Part 3: Plato, Platonism, and a Second Beginningp. 307
Dialogue and Dialectic in Plato's Phaedo: Plato as Metaphysician, Epistomologist, Ontologist and Political Philosopherp. 313
Political Philosophy and Eros: Plato's Socrates in the Symposiump. 337
Plato's Parmenides: Socratism and the Origins of Platonic Political Philosophyp. 371
Between Platonism and Postmodernism: Plato's Emendation of Socratism in the Trilogyp. 397
Aristotle on Reason and Its Limitsp. 433
Political Philosophy After Modernity?
Preface to Part 4: Openings Toward the Postmodernp. 471
Legitimacy, International Morality and the Postmodern Global Futurep. 475
Jerusalem and Washington: Political Philosophy and Theologyp. 501
Ontology, Technology, Poetry or Mandarin Pastime? Theoretical Physics in the Postmodern Agep. 529
The Queen of the Sciences: Political Philosophy or Biology?p. 559
Political Philosophy and Environmentalism: Recovering the Phenomenon "Nature"p. 589
Conclusion: Is There a Future?p. 617
Indexp. 633
About the Authorp. 657
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