Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosophy, Judaism
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Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosophy, Judaism

by Steven B. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226764028

ISBN-13: 9780226764023

Pub. Date: 05/15/2006

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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.…  See more details below

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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.

Smith 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 essays, Smith establishes a distinctive form of Straussian liberalism.

About the Author:
Steven B. Smith is the Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science at Yale University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226764023
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : why Strauss, why now?1
Pt. 1Jerusalem
1How Jewish was Leo Strauss?23
2Gershom Scholem and Leo Strauss : notes toward a German-Jewish dialogue43
3Strauss's Spinoza65
Pt. 2Athens
4Leo Strauss's platonic liberalism87
5Destruktion or recovery? : on Strauss's critique of Heidegger108
6Tyranny ancient and modern131
7Strauss's America156
8WWLSD; or, what would Leo Strauss do?184

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