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The Enduring Importance Of Leo Strauss

Author: Laurence Lampert
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022603951X
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The Enduring Importance of Leo Strauss takes on the crucial task of separating what is truly important in the work of Leo Strauss from the ephemeral politics associated with his school. Laurence Lampert focuses on exotericism: the use of artful rhetoric to simultaneously communicate a socially responsible message to the public at large and a more radical message of philosophic truth to a smaller, more intellectually inclined audience. Largely forgotten after the Enlightenment, exotericism, he shows, deeply informed Strauss both as a reader and as a philosophic writer—indeed, Lampert argues, Strauss learned from the finest practitioners of exoteric writing how to become one himself. Examining some of Strauss’s most important books and essays through this exoteric lens, Lampert reevaluates not only Strauss but the philosophers—from Plato to Halevi to Nietzsche—with whom Strauss most deeply engaged. Ultimately Lampert shows that Strauss’s famous distinction between ancient and modern thinkers is primarily rhetorical, one of the great examples of Strauss’s exoteric craft. Celebrating Strauss’s achievements while recognizing one main shortcoming—unlike Nietzsche, he failed to appreciate the ramifications of modern natural science for philosophy and its public presentation—Lampert illuminates Strauss as having even greater philosophic importance than we have thought before.

Leo Strauss Philosopher

Author: Antonio Lastra
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 143846133X
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European scholars discuss Leo Strauss as a major figure in the history of philosophy. This volume presents, for the first time in English, the approaches to Leo Strauss being pursued by European scholars in Spain, Italy, and Germany. Whereas the traditions of Strauss interpretation have, until recently, focused on issues of interest to political science and, to a lesser extent, religious studies, this collection makes a powerful contribution to the recent philosophical consideration of Strauss. Each essay treats a unique thread emerging from the tapestry of Straussian thought, illustrating Strauss’s thinking on the reading of ancient texts and on the relationship between philosophy and politics. In doing so, Strauss is placed squarely and uncompromisingly within the history of philosophy, in conversation with a large range of philosophical figures. “This is a really wonderful volume, a compelling narrative of Strauss as a reader of philosophical texts who both originated a new way of philosophical exploration as well as freely responded to philosophical and historical circumstances of his time.” — Jeffrey A. Bernstein, College of Holy Cross

Leo Strauss On The Borders Of Judaism Philosophy And History

Author: Jeffrey A. Bernstein
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438456514
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Explores how the thought of Leo Strauss amounts to a model for thinking about the connection between philosophy, Jewish thought, and history. In Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History, Jeffrey A. Bernstein explores how the thought of Leo Strauss amounts to a model for thinking about the connection between philosophy, Jewish thought, and history. For Bernstein, Strauss shows that a close study of the history of philosophy—from the “ancients” to “medievals” to “moderns”—is necessary for one to appreciate the fundamental distinction between the forms of life Strauss terms “Jerusalem” and “Athens,” that is, order through revealed Law and free philosophical thought, respectively. Through an investigation of Strauss’s published texts; examination of his intellectual biography and history; and making use of correspondence, archival materials, and seminar transcripts, Bernstein shows how Strauss’s concern with the relation between Judaism and philosophy spanned his entire career. His findings will be of use to those interested in the thought of Strauss, the history of Jewish thought, and the relation between religion, philosophy, and politics.

Leo Strauss

Author: Kenneth L. Deutsch
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847678389
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In this book, 19 prominent representatives of each side in the basic division among Strauss's followers explore his contribution to political philosophy and Jewish thought. The volume presents the most extensive analysis yet published of Strauss's religious heritage and how it related to his work, and includes Strauss's previously unpublished 'Why We Remain Jews, ' an extraordinary essay concerned with the challenge posed to Judaism by modern secular thought. The extensive introduction interrelates the major themes of Strauss's thought

Leo Strauss And Nietzsche

Author: Laurence Lampert
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226468266
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"Why, then, should Strauss have kept this admiration hidden while permitting such a distorted public view of his thought? And why should he have discouraged others from appreciating the teachings that had proved so important to his own philosophical liberation and training? According to Lampert, the answers lie in Strauss's own esoteric writing, full of subtexts, implications, and consequences. Strauss conceived of philosophy as a furtive undertaking, and believed Nietzsche had rejected the necessity of this role for philosophy in favor of a daring candor."--BOOK JACKET.

What A Philosopher Is

Author: Laurence Lampert
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022648825X
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The trajectory of Friedrich Nietzsche’s thought has long presented a difficulty for the study of his philosophy. How did the young Nietzsche—classicist and ardent advocate of Wagner’s cultural renewal—become the philosopher of Will to Power and the Eternal Return? With this book, Laurence Lampert answers that question. He does so through his trademark technique of close readings of key works in Nietzsche’s journey to philosophy: The Birth of Tragedy, Schopenhauer as Educator, Richard Wagner in Bayreuth, Human All Too Human, and “Sanctus Januarius,” the final book of the 1882 Gay Science. Relying partly on how Nietzsche himself characterized his books in his many autobiographical guides to the trajectory of his thought, Lampert sets each in the context of Nietzsche’s writings as a whole, and looks at how they individually treat the question of what a philosopher is. Indispensable to his conclusions are the workbooks in which Nietzsche first recorded his advances, especially the 1881 workbook which shows him gradually gaining insights into the two foundations of his mature thinking. The result is the most complete picture we’ve had yet of the philosopher’s development, one that gives us a Promethean Nietzsche, gaining knowledge even as he was expanding his thought to create new worlds.

Politische Philosophie Und Die Herausforderung Der Offenbarungsreligion

Author: Heinrich Meier
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406654754
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Die Offenbarungsreligion fordert die Philosophie theologisch und politisch heraus. Ihr Wahrheitsanspruch und ihre Gehorsamsforderung widerstreiten dem Recht und der Notwendigkeit der Philosophie, die auf freies, rückhaltloses Fragen gegründet ist. Sowenig der Autor die Philosophie als eine akademische Disziplin begreift, so wenig versteht er die Politische Philosophie als ein Feld im Garten der Philosophie. Sie ist vielmehr, so lautet seine These, eine besondere Wendung, eine Änderung der Blick- und Fragerichtung, die einen Unterschied im Ganzen macht. Denn die Philosophie bedarf zu ihrer rationalen Begründung und politischen Verteidigung der Besinnung auf die Bedingungen ihrer Existenz und der Auseinandersetzung mit ihrer anspruchsvollsten Alternative. Heinrich Meier, einer der besten Kenner von Jean-Jacques Rousseau und Leo Strauss, entfaltet den Streit, von dem dieses Buch handelt, in exemplarischen Auslegungen zweier Meisterwerke der Politischen Philosophie: Im Dialog mit Gedanken über Machiavelli, dem komplexesten und kontroversesten Traktat von Strauss, und in einer neuen Deutung der berühmtesten Schrift Rousseaus, Vom gesellschaftlichen Vertrag, des modernen Gegenentwurfs zur Theokratie in allen ihren Erscheinungsformen.