By Leo Strauss
A reissue of the 1975 variation, with 4 extra essays, this assortment deals a transparent creation to Strauss' perspectives in regards to the nature of political philosophy, its leader modern antagonists, its classical varieties, and its smooth model. It supplies the reader Strauss' options on what political philosophy has been and may be back. chosen for his or her basic curiosity and their accessibility, the essays within the publication supply a high-quality beginning for figuring out Leo Strauss and his political philosophy.
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So although we agree in CLASSES AND ELITES 41 broad oudine with Stark’s cridque o f‘transitology’, we want to add another dimension to the idea of path dependence in which people’s world-views, biographies, and social structure are viewed as fundamentally connected. In what follows, we develop such a theory using Bourdieu’s ideas of habi tus and capital in an attempt to grasp this fundamental connection between pracdce, world-view, and social structure. We want to chart the continuity stretching ‘underneath’ the ideologically informed ‘revolutions’ of Central Europe; we want to tell the story of how people struggled to stay ‘on course’ in a rapidly changing social space.
The reforms of the statesocialist system in the 1960s also permitted a resurgence in the importance of economic capital, but its significance was clearly third, after cultural cap ital. Politics remained ‘in command’ in Central Europe until the ‘revolutions’ of 1989, when the logic of social structure was again reconfig ured. In contrast to the preceding social structures of Central Europe, post-communist societies are dominated by the logic of cultural capital. 24 MAKING CAPITALISM W ITHOUT CAPITALISTS Political capital has been de-institutionalized and devalued, and a large propertied bourgeoisie has not emerged from the ranks of either statesocialist entrepreneurs or former cadres.
Many of the most important choices in our lives are made by following our ‘instincts’ - our ‘habitus’ - rather than by assessing our options in a cool and rational way. Yet from a probabilistic point of view, the sum total of these choices reflects the fact that we are determined social creatures: often, our choices re-create the environment of our nativity or, more often than not, the desired surroundings to which we are ‘destined’ by virtue of the prevailing social logic. For this reason, habitus should not be viewed as simply subjective.
An Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ten Essays (The Culture of Jewish Modernity) by Leo Strauss