Five Sessions + Bonus
This course will help guide you through Strauss's commentary on Xenophon's Hiero and shed light on Strauss's debate with the Hegelian philosopher Alexander Kojeve about the relation between tyranny and wisdom.
Maybe that sounds a little narrow to you. Maybe you don't know who these people are. Well, this is a course on some big themes. Pleasure. Virtue. Honour. Recognition. Tyranny and wisdom. The nature of the philosophical life. The relationship between rulers and intellectuals. The meaning of history. It's an introduction to a way of reading, of writing, of thinking, and of being.
On Tyranny is one of those books that can change your life. This course is designed to give you access to it, so that you can reread and enter into it and let it affect you until it transforms your understanding. It's a book for lovers of books and lovers of wisdom.