Leo Strauss was a prominent twentieth century political philosopher who was especially concerned with the history of philosophy. Today, the University of Chicago - where Strauss taught for numerous years - is home to the Leo Strauss Center, which houses a collection of the philosopher's unpublished written and audio records. Notably, these holdings include audiotapes of Strauss's classroom lectures, including this sixteen week seminar course on Georg Hegel's posthumously published The Philosophy of History - a work especially relevant to Strauss's own research interests. In his opening lecture, Strauss notes that Hegel was, in many respects, the first political philosopher to view the study of history as central to political philosophy. Strauss also highlights that events in Hegel's life, such as the French Revolution, likely contributed to his thesis/antithesis/synthesis construction of the philosophy of history. Originally offered during the winter quarter of 1965, readers may download and listen to all 16 lectures, each about 80 minutes in length.
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