Listed below is the collection of audio files and transcripts of Strauss’s courses. On the far right hand side of the list are two columns, one for audio files and one for transcripts. If a course has audio files, then “view files” appears in the column. If there are no audio files for the course, the column is blank. In the transcript column, all courses are marked “pending.” The Center will not distribute any transcripts prior to publication online.

Course Description Audio Transcript

Kant, spring quarter 1958.

"Seminar in Political Philosophy: Kant" has 20 sessions, with audio files for all 20 sessions. Readings include Prolegomenon (Introduction), Critique of Pure Reason (prefaces and select passages), Idea for A Universal History with Cosmopolitan Intent, Theory and Practice, The Principle of Progress, Perpetual Peace , Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals, The Critique of Judgment (select passages).
 

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Plato, Laws, winter quarter 1959.

The "Seminar in Political Philosophy: Plato’s Laws" has 15 sessions. The audio record for only one session survived.

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Cicero, spring quarter 1959.

"Seminar in Political Philosophy: Cicero" has 14 sessions with tapes for two sessions. Readings include: The Republic, The Laws, On the Ends of Good and Bad Things (De Finibus) and The Offices.
 

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Plato, Symposium, autumn quarter 1959

The audio record for only one class session survived of "Plato’s Political Philosophy: Symposium," which was offered in autumn quarter 1959.

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The Origins of Political Science, winter quarter 1960.

"Seminar on the Origins of Political Science," offered in winter quarter 1960, has 13 audio files for 14 sessions (the audio file for the first class did not survive). Readings include Plato, Apology and Crito; and Aristophanes, Clouds, Birds, and Wasps

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Aristotle, Politics, spring quarter 1960

"Introduction to Political Philosophy: Study of Aristotle’s Politics" has an audio record for 16 of 17 course sessions; the audio record for the second course session is not available.

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Marx, spring quarter 1960.

"Seminar in Political Philosophy: Karl Marx" (with Joseph Cropsey) had 16 sessions for which there are audio files for 15 sessions. Readings include Capital, German Ideology, and Communist Manifesto.

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Natural Right, autumn quarter 1962.

"Natural Right" has 16 sessions and audiofiles for 8 sessions. The lectures discuss the thought of Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Burke, as well as the philosopher of science Ernest Nagel.

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Rousseau, autumn quarter 1962

"Seminar on Political Philosophy: Rousseau" has 17 sessions, with audio files for four sessions. Readings include Second Discourse, and Emile.

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Xenophon, winter quarter 1963.

"Seminar in Political Philosophy: Xenophon" has 16 sessions and audio files for four sessions. Readings include Oeconomicus, Hiero, Memorabilia, Ways and Means, Athenian Constitution, Lacedaemonian Constitution, and Cyropaedia.
 

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