Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosophy, Judaism

Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosophy, Judaism

Steven B. Smith / Feb 29, 2020
Reading Leo Strauss Politics Philosophy Judaism Interest in Leo Strauss is greater now than at any time since his death mostly because of the purported link between his thought and the political movement known as neoconservatism Steven B Smith th
  • Title: Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosophy, Judaism
  • Author: Steven B. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780226763897
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Interest in Leo Strauss is greater now than at any time since his death, mostly because of the purported link between his thought and the political movement known as neoconservatism Steven B Smith, though, surprisingly depicts Strauss not as the high priest of neoconservatism but as a friend of liberal democracy perhaps the best defender democracy has ever had Moreover,Interest in Leo Strauss is greater now than at any time since his death, mostly because of the purported link between his thought and the political movement known as neoconservatism Steven B Smith, though, surprisingly depicts Strauss not as the high priest of neoconservatism but as a friend of liberal democracy perhaps the best defender democracy has ever had Moreover, in Reading Leo Strauss, Smith shows that Strauss s defense of liberal democracy was closely connected to his skepticism of both the extreme Left and extreme Right.It was as a skeptic, Smith argues, that Strauss considered the seemingly irreconcilable conflict between reason and revelation a conflict Strauss dubbed the theologico political problem Calling this problem the theme of my investigations, Strauss asked the same fundamental question throughout his life what is the relation of the political order to revelation in general and Judaism in particular Smith organizes his book with this question and assesses Strauss s attempt to direct the teaching of political science away from the examination of mass behavior and interest group politics and toward the study of the philosophical principles on which politics are based With his provocative, lucid study, Smith establishes a distinctive form of Straussian liberalism himself By returning to the source and examining what Strauss actually wrote, Mr Smith lets the breeze of reason into the feverish sickroom of ideology He portrays a Strauss who cherished democracy as the best bulwark against tyranny, and who valued intellectual honesty above all By the time Mr Smith is done, nothing is left of the Strauss caricature except the ignorance and malice that fathered it Adam Kirsch, New York Sun
    Reading Leo Strauss Politics, Philosophy, Judaism Mar , Moreover, in Reading Leo Strauss, Smith shows that Strauss s defense of liberal democracy was closely connected to his skepticism of both the extreme Left and extreme Right Smith asserts that this philosophical skepticism defined Strauss s thought. Reading Leo Strauss Politics, Philosophy, Judaism by Jun , Moreover, in Reading Leo Strauss, Smith shows that Strauss s defense of liberal democracy was closely connected to his skepticism of both the extreme Left and extreme Right Smith asserts that this philosophical skepticism defined Strauss s thought. Reading Leo Strauss Politics, Philosophy, Judaism by Apr , Reading Leo Strauss book Read reviews from world s largest community for readers Interest in Leo Strauss is greater now than at any time since his deat Reading Leo Strauss Claremont Review of Books In Reading Leo Strauss, Smith tells us that Strauss was an esoteric writer who communicated by winks, and was so deliberately coy that he refused to walk through an open door when he could enter through a keyhole Nevertheless, Smith confidently declares that Strauss was not a conservative of any kind neo or otherwise , but a friend of liberal democracy one of the best friends democracy has ever had. Reading Leo Strauss The New York Times Jun , Reading Leo Strauss The essays contained in this volume are all intended as a contribution to the understanding of the philosophy of Leo Strauss. Reading Leo Strauss Politics, Philosophy, Judaism Kindle Mar , Moreover, in Reading Leo Strauss, Smith shows that Strauss s defense of liberal democracy was closely connected to his skepticism of both the extreme Left and extreme Right Smith asserts that this philosophical skepticism defined Strauss s thought. Reading Leo Strauss Politics, Philosophy, Judaism by Strauss s manner of reading unfolded from a single premise that he happened upon slowly and that he developed in a variety of contexts over many years namely, that great writers often hide or conceal their most profound thoughts from all but the most careful and persistent readers. Leo Strauss Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Straussian Book List books A list of books written by Leo Strauss himself, by his students or students of his students, etc , by scholars who are influenced by him, or about him This list is meant to be a repository for all things related to Strauss Please add additional books to this list as you see fit. Leo Strauss Political Philosophy
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      • Steven B. Smith

        Steven B Smith is the Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science and Master of Branford College at Yale He received his Ph.D from the University of Chicago in 1981 At Yale he has served as the Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science, Director of the Undergraduate Program in Humanities, and Acting Chair of Judaic Studies His research has been focused on the history of political philosophy and the role of statecraft in constitutional government His recent publications include Spinoza, Liberalism, and Jewish Identity, Spinoza s Book of Life, and Reading Leo Strauss.

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    1. This book is okay, but I don t understand the audience of all these Strauss apologist books On the one hand, it is too specific to matter much to someone who doesn t already care about Strauss On the other hand, it doesn t make unique or forceful enough arguments to be interesting to someone already in the loop.


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