El dogmatisme o cansar-se de pensar

Fent referència a una carta de Lessing a Mendelssohn del gener de 1771, Leo Strauss escriu:

“But dogmatism –or the inclination “to identify the goal of our thinking with the point at which we have become tired of thinking”— is so natural to man that it is not likely to be a preserve of the past.”

Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History, 22.


Què és filosofar?

En una nota de l’abril de 1937, Leo Strauss escriu:

“Filosofar és ser conscient de l’absoluta transitorietat de tot allò que és humà, però al mateix temps (i) com si hom tingués tota l’eternitat a la seva disposició, és cercar la veritat –amb una calma completa, sense cap pressa– sempre amb urgència, però mai apressat –amb el coratge per a una empresa digna, i constantment preparat per començar des de l’inici.”

Citat per Heinrich Meier a Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem. 


Erotismo y prudencia

“Tras la cicuta, Platón comprendió que para mantenerse fiel a la filosofía, el filósofo debe entregar su alma al eros filosófico, como Sócrates; pero no a la manera de Sócrates, porque el amor a la verdad no es completo si no incluye el amor a la verdad del hombre corriente, el amor a su necesidad de salud y a su ironía. Platón descubrió, en definitiva, la necesidad filosófica de conjugar erotismo y prudencia.”

Gregorio Luri, Erotismo y prudencia: biografía intelectual de Leo Strauss.


El viatge de la lectura

O sobre l’educació en el sentit més elevat:

“When he engages in the study of classical philosophy he must know that he embarks on a journey whose end is completely hidden from him. He is not likely to return to the shores of our time as exactly the same man who departed from them.”

Leo Strauss, “On a New Interpretation of Plato’s Political Philosophy” (1946).


L’oblit de l’excel·lència

Comentant l’obra d’Eric A. Havelok The Liberal Temper in Greek Politics, Leo Strauss va escriure:

“True liberals today have no more pressing duty than to counteract the perverted liberalism which contents ‘that just to live, securely and happily, and protected but otherwise unregulated, is man’s simple but supreme goal’ (374) and which forgets quality, excellence, or virtue.”

Leo Strauss, “The Liberalism of Classical Political Philosophy”.


Plató i la invitació a la filosofia

“Plato composed his writings in such a way as to prevent for all time their use as authoritative texts. His dialogues supply us not so much with an answer to the riddle of being as with a most articulate “imitation” of that riddle. His teaching can never become the subject of indoctrination. In the last analysis his writings cannot be used for any purpose other than for philosophizing. In particular, no social order and no party which ever existed or which ever will exist can rightfully claim Plato as its patron.”

Leo Strauss, “On a New Interpretation of Plato’s Political Philosophy” (1946).


El filòsof i els altres (II)

“If the philosopher, trying to remedy the deficiency of “subjective certainty,” engages in conversation with others and observes again and again that his interlocutors, as they themselves are force to admit, involve themselves in self-contradictions or are unable to give any account of their questionable contentions, he will be reasonably confirmed in his estimate of himself without necessarily finding a single soul who admires him.”

Leo Strauss, “Restatement on Xenophon’s Hiero


Estimar la filosofia

“We cannot be philosophers, but we can love philosophy; we can try to philosophize. The philosophizing consists at any rate primarily and in a way chiefly in listening to the great conversation between the great philosophers or, more generally and more cautiously, between the greatest minds, and therefore in studying the great books.”

Leo Strauss, “What is Liberal Education?” (1959)