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Plato, Gorgias (winter 1957, autumn 1963, and a single session from October 1973), edited and with an introduction by Devin Stauffer, Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.
A short manuscript from the Strauss archive on Plato's Gorgias, dated 18 September 1973.
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"[The philosopher] is ultimately compelled to transcend not merely the dimension of common opinion, of political opinion, but the dimension of political life as such; for he is led to realize that the ultimate aim of political life cannot be reached by political life, but only by a life devoted to contemplation, to philosophy. This finding is of crucial importance for political philosophy, since it determines the limits set to political life¸ to all political action and all political planning. Moreover, it implies that the highest subject of political philosophy is the philosophic life: philosophy—not as a teaching or as a body of knowledge, but as a way of life—offers, as it were, the solution to the problem that keeps political life in motion."
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