The Beijing Lectures: Strauss, Plato, Nietzsche (Paperback)

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"In this brilliant analysis of the coming to be of Strauss, Plato, and Nietzsche as philosophers and poets, Laurence Lampert reaches new heights and plumbs new depths. An extraordinarily rich and insightful book, thoughtful and beautiful in its execution. A masterful performance by a thinker and author at the height of his power."
--Michael Allen Gillespie, author of Nietzsche's Final Teaching

Six essays from a well-known Nietzsche scholar on Strauss, Plato, Nietzsche, and the history of western philosophy

In The Beijing Lectures: Strauss, Plato, Nietzsche, Laurence Lampert presents what he calls the new history of philosophy made possible by Friedrich Nietzsche. This "new" history takes seriously Nietzsche's claim that "the greatest thoughts are the greatest events." To put it even more assertively that "genuine philosophers are commanders and legislators."Beginning with Leo Strauss and how his recovery of the philosophers' art of writing can change our way of viewing the history of philosophy, Lampert then focuses on six Platonic dialogues--Protagoras, Charmides, Republic, Phaedo, Parmenides, and Symposium. These, he believes, mark a turning point in Western history and set the pattern for the whole Western philosophic tradition. In the third and final section, Lampert considers Nietzsche in order to show how he revolutionized our understanding of the world, and in particular why it is appropriate to view him as "the first comprehensive ecological philosopher."

About the Author


Laurence Lampert (1941-2024) taught for thirty-five years at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and was the author of eight books of philosophy, most recently How Socrates Became Socrates and What a Philosopher Is: Becoming Nietzsche.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781589881907
ISBN-10: 1589881907
Publisher: Paul Dry Books
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2024
Pages: 211
Language: English