Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss: German Emigres and American Political Thought after World War II

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This book explores the influence of Hannah Arendt's and Leo Strauss' background in pre-World War II Germany on their perception of American democracy. The contributors analyze how their émigré experience both influenced their American work and also impacted on the formation of the discipline of political science in postwar Germany. Arendt's and Strauss' experiences thus aptly illustrate the transfer and transformation of political ideas in the World War II era.

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Overview

This book explores the influence of Hannah Arendt's and Leo Strauss' background in pre-World War II Germany on their perception of American democracy. The contributors analyze how their émigré experience both influenced their American work and also impacted on the formation of the discipline of political science in postwar Germany. Arendt's and Strauss' experiences thus aptly illustrate the transfer and transformation of political ideas in the World War II era.

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Introduction Peter Graf Kielmansegg; Part I. Hanah Arendt: 1. Hannah Arendt and the theory of democracy: a critical reconstruction Helmut Dubiel; 2. The questionable influence of Arendt (and Strauss) George Kateb; 3. Hannah Arendt: a German-American Jew views the United States and looks back to Germany Ernst Vollrath; Part II. Leo Strauss: 4. Reflections on Leo Strauss and American education Timothy Fuller; 5. Leo Strauss: the quest for truth in times of perplexity Jürgen Gebhardt; 6. Leo Strauss and Martin Heidegger: Greek antiquity and the meaning of modernity Horst Mewes; 7. Leo Strauss: German origin and American impact Alfons Söllner; 8. The Modern World of Leo Strauss Robert P. Pippin; Part III. Roundtable Discussion: Bibliography; Contributors; Index.

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