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SAMPAIO, Evaldo. Nihilism and politics in Leo Straus. Trans/Form/Ação [online]. 2012, vol.35, n.1, pp. 115-136. ISSN 0101-3173.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-31732012000100008.

The aim of this article is to think about the possibility of political philosophy, taking Leo Strauss's work as a point of departure. It examines why contemporary nihilism - in its most widespread and sometimes hidden personifications - prevents the achievement, and even the existence, of a reflection on the nature of political things. Assuming that Strauss's reflections on "natural right" are as much the key to understanding "the central problem of political philosophy" as to confronting Strauss's principal opponents, this article analyzes the meaning and the plausibility of Strauss's critique of the motives that lead us to nihilism and, if these prove to be appropriate, to indicate how a "rebirth of classical political philosophy" could reconduct us to a philosophical meditation on the good life, what is good, the best society, and "how man must live".

Keywords : natural right; nihilism; L. Strauss.

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