Eric Voegelin (Transl. by: Ksenia Kolkunova 1 ; Translation ed. by: Alexander Pavlov 2)
  • 1 St.Tikhon's Orthodox University , 25-5A Novokuznetskaya St, Moscow, 115184, Russia
  • 2 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation

«On tyranny» by Leo Strauss

2011, vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 125–130 [issue contents]

In his review on Leo Strauss’ «On tyranny» Eric Voegelin, pointing out importance of his opponent’s work, still disagrees with several crucial Strauss’s findings. Especially important for him is comparing of «ancient» and «modern» tyranny, as well as Strauss’ idea that the text of «Hiero» makes up bounds between ancient and modern political philosophy, «tyrannical teaching» of Xenophon, the author of «Hiero», is very close to the Machiavelli’s point of view as presented in «The Prince». Voegelin points out that this thought is indeed not that true and Machiavelli’s teaching does deal with the same sort of problem as Xenophon’s writing, because these texts were created in different historical contexts. The main aim is to understand modern tyranny, but, Voegelin argues, it won’t happen if we, as Strauss does, think that ancient and modern tyranny are the same.

Citation: Voegelin Eric (2011) «O tiranii» Leo Shtrausa [«On tyranny» by Leo Strauss] The Russian Sociological Review, 3, pp. 125-130 (in Russian)
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