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Political Philosophy and the Human Soul
Political Philosophy and the Human Soul: Essays in Memory of Allan Bloom
Rowman and Littlefield, 1995

Anyone engaged in the study of Plato, or Homer, or the Bible, or (more generally) of the relationship between philosophy and religion, or of Tocqueville, or of philosophical novels such as Don Quixote and Flaubert's Sentimental Education, or of philosophical dramas such as Machiavelli's Mandragola and Lessing's Nathan the Wise, will find in this collection things worth reading. . . . A piece that is of striking quality is contributed by one of the editors, Thomas Pangle. His "The Hebrew Bible's Challenge to Political Philosophy: Some Introductory Reflections" contains enough wealth of observation and analysis to structure a respectable volume in itself.
—Canadian Journal of Political Science
The essays in Political Philosophy and the Human Soul demonstrate that every one of the classics of the Western tradition, whether one agrees with their various conclusions or not, is either an awe-inspiring piece of artistry or an instruction in some ofthe eternal verities of human existence. And some, like the Republic, are both. As such, they are worth study, and those who come in contact with them almost inevitably come out with either the appreciation that they have experienced great art or a belief that they have learned something about eternal truths. In either case, Strauss, Bloom, and those who agree with their understanding of "liberal education as a counterpoison to mass culture" will be pleased. So too the contributors to this anthology should also be pleased. By devoting their essays to texts familiar to most of the Western world, and by keeping their essays under thirty pages but nonetheless profound, the contributors have made Political Philosophy and the Human Soul a collection that is accessible to undergraduates yet interesting and enlightening to those learned in the "great books." In sum Political Philosophy and the Human Soul duly serves its designed purpose. As such, it is a fitting tribute to Bloom and his ability as a teacher.
—Conference: A Journal of Philosophy and Theory
A remarkable collection of essays worthy of the outstanding teacher they honor.
—The Weekly Standard