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Truth about Leo Strauss: Political Philosophy and American Democracy
     

Truth about Leo Strauss: Political Philosophy and American Democracy

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by Catherine H. Zuckert, Michael P. Zuckert
 

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ISBN-10: 0226993329

ISBN-13: 9780226993324

Pub. Date: 09/15/2006

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Is Leo Strauss truly an intellectual forebear of neoconservatism and a powerful force in shaping Bush administration foreign policy? The Truth about Leo Strauss puts this question to rest, revealing for the first time how the popular media came to perpetuate an oversimplified view of a complex and wide-ranging philosopher. In doing so, it corrects our perception of

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Is Leo Strauss truly an intellectual forebear of neoconservatism and a powerful force in shaping Bush administration foreign policy? The Truth about Leo Strauss puts this question to rest, revealing for the first time how the popular media came to perpetuate an oversimplified view of a complex and wide-ranging philosopher. In doing so, it corrects our perception of Strauss, providing the best general introduction available to the political thought of this misunderstood figure.

Catherine and Michael Zuckert-both former students of Strauss-guide readers here to a nuanced understanding of how Strauss's political thought fits into his broader philosophy. Challenging the idea that Strauss was an inflexible conservative who followed in the footsteps of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Carl Schmitt, the Zuckerts contend that Strauss's signature idea was the need for a return to the ancients. Through their work, they conclude that Strauss was a sober defender of liberal democracy, aware of both its strengths and its weaknesses.

Balanced and accessible, The Truth about Leo Strauss is a must-read for anyone who wants to more fully comprehend this enigmatic philosopher and his much-disputed legacy.

About the Author:
Catherine and Michael Zuckert are both Nancy R. Dreux Professors of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Catherine is the author of two books, including Postmodern Platos, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Michael is the author of three books, including Natural Rights and the New Republicanism

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226993324
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Introduction: Mr. Strauss Goes to Washington?     1
Strauss
The Return to the Ancients: An Overview of the Straussian Project     27
Strauss's Philosophical Project     30
Strauss's Departure from Heidegger and Nietzsche     32
Strauss's Analysis of the Contemporary Crisis     35
Strauss's Way Back to Ancient Political Philosophy     36
Strauss's Rereading of the History of Philosophy     46
Political Philosophy and Politics     49
Strauss-Modernity-America     58
Proposition 1: America is Modern     58
Proposition 2: Modernity is Bad     64
Proposition 3: America is Good     74
Straussian Ambiguities     79
Leo Strauss as a Postmodern Political Thinker     80
The Problem of the Postmodern     81
Strauss's Postmodernism: After Nietzsche     83
Strauss's Postmodernism: After Heidegger     91
Derridean Postmodernism     102
Contrasting the two forms of Postmodernism     111
The Man Who Gave Away the Secrets: On Esotericism     115
How Shadia Drury Read Leo Strauss     116
On Esotericism and Noble Lies     120
Looking for Secrets in All theWrong Places     136
Leo Strauss-Teacher of Evil?     155
Strauss and the "Tyrannical Teaching"     158
The Thrasymachean Thesis     166
The Machiavellian Moment     177
Strauss and Schmitt     184
Straussians
The Emergence of the Straussian Study of America     197
Water Berns: The Virtuous Republic     202
Martin Diamond: Finding the Founding     209
Harry Jaffa: Aristotelianizing America     217
Straussian Geography     228
East Coast     231
West Coast     239
Midwest     252
Conclusion     261
Notes     269
Index     301

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