Leo Strauss and Judaism: Jerusalem and Athens Revisited

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This collection of original essays by prominent scholars of political philosophy analyzes Leo Strauss's thoughts concerning the relationship between revelation and reason within the context of Jewish religion and thought. Unlike other edited collections about Strauss, the contributors to Leo Strauss and Judaism: Jerusalem and Athens Critically Revisited examine their subject using a wide range of ideological and methodological approaches, arriving at a variety of conclusions, many of which are controversial. This...

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Overview

This collection of original essays by prominent scholars of political philosophy analyzes Leo Strauss's thoughts concerning the relationship between revelation and reason within the context of Jewish religion and thought. Unlike other edited collections about Strauss, the contributors to Leo Strauss and Judaism: Jerusalem and Athens Critically Revisited examine their subject using a wide range of ideological and methodological approaches, arriving at a variety of conclusions, many of which are controversial. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Leo Strauss, Jewish philosophy, and political theory.

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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Political Studies Review
We should be grateful to David Novak for having edited this excellent collection on a Jewish thinker who derserves to be better know among Jews.
Religious Studies Review
This volume is a worthy addition to the growing literature meant to include Strauss within the canon of modern Jewish thought. It offers a wide spectrum of approaches to Strauss's writings on religion. An excellent introduction to Strauss... a variety of viewpoints...
— Martin Kavka, Rice University
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. . . admirably edited . . . engaging . . .
Harry V. Jaffa
. . . a welcome addition to the literature on Strauss.
Ralph Lerner
The contributors to this volume are a diverse lot, indeed, but they share in an uncommon sobriety. Their analyses and meditations on the man, the texts, and the theme will be provocative of further thought and welcome to all but those who believe they have already attained certainty.
Political Studies Review, Vol.46., N0. 2 June 1998 - Giovanni Giorgini
Werner J. Dannhauser persuasivley states that the tensions, not the synthesis, between reason and revelation is at the core of Strauss's thought, so that he was a good Jew and a good philospoher as well.
Religious Studies Review - Martin Kavka
This volume is a worthy addition to the growing literature meant to include Strauss within the canon of modern Jewish thought. It offers a wide spectrum of approaches to Strauss's writings on religion. An excellent introduction to Strauss... a variety of viewpoints...
CHOICE
. . . admirably edited . . . engaging . . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847681471
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/26/1996
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

David Novak is the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous books on Jewish religious and political thought.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Athens and Jerusalem: The Legacy of Leo Strauss Chapter 3 Strauss, Reason, and Revelation: Unraveling the Essential Question Chapter 4 A Word Fitly Spoken: The Interpretation of Maimonides and the Legacy of Leo Strauss Chapter 5 Maimonides' Conception of Philosophy Chapter 6 Leo Strauss and Jewish Modernity Chapter 7 Leo Strauss and the Fourth Wave of Modernity Chapter 8 Athens and Jerusalem or Jerusalem and Athens? Chapter 9 Philosophy and the Possibility of Revelation: A Theological Response to the Challenge of Leo Strauss Chapter 10 Afterword

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