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Leo Strauss (1899 - 1973)

Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss : German Emigres and American Political Thought After World War IIHannah Arendt and Leo Strauss : German Emigres and American Political Thought After World War II by Peter Graf Kielmansegg (Editor), Horst Mewes (Editor), Glaser-sch, Elisabeth Glaser-Schmidt (Editor)

This book explores the influence of Hannah Arendt's and Leo Strauss' background in pre-WWII Germany on their perception of American democracy. The contributors analyze how their ^D'emigr^D'e 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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Leo Strauss and NietzscheLeo Strauss and Nietzsche by Laurence Lampert

The influential political philosopher Leo Strauss has been credited by conservatives with the recovery of the great tradition of political philosophy stretching back to Plato. Among Strauss's most enduring legacies is a strongly negative assessment of Nietzsche as the modern philosopher most at odds with that tradition and most responsible for the sins of twentieth-century culture--relativism, godlessness, nihilism, and the breakdown of family values. In fact, this apparent denunciation has become so closely associated with Strauss that it is often seen as the very core of his thought.

In Leo Strauss and Nietzsche, the eminent Nietzsche scholar Laurence Lampert offers a controversial new assessment of the Strauss-Nietzsche connection. Lampert undertakes a searching examination of the key Straussian essay, "Note on the Plan of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil." He shows that this essay, written toward the end of Strauss's life and placed at the center of his final work, reveals an affinity for and debt to Nietzsche greater than Strauss's followers allow. Lampert argues that the essay comprises the most important interpretation of Nietzsche ever published, one that clarifies Nietzsche's conception of nature and of human spiritual history and demonstrates the logical relationship between the essential themes in Nietzsche's thought--the will to power and the eternal return.

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Leo Strauss and America (Archived)

By Larry P. Arnn

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A central theme of Strauss’ was the "crisis of the West." He argued that Western civilization had been built on two great pillars: "Athens and Jerusalem." These great cities represented the two forces—reason and revelation—that gave life to the West. But modern philosophy, Strauss observed, was dedicated to the overthrow of these pillars...

A Leo Straussian Conspiracy

by: Ken Masugi, The Washington Times, February 4, 1998

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Who is Leo Strauss that he deserves Shadia Drury's condemnation not only as the inspiration of the conservative resurgence in America but also as an uncanny nihilist who preached dogmatism, an elitist whose many influential students advocate populism and a savior of America who would destroy its freedoms?

Strauss (1899-1973) revived the serious study of political philosophy for generations of American scholars -- among the most prominent being Walter Berns, Allan Bloom, Harry V. Jaffa, Harvey Mansfield, Jr. and Thomas G. West. Their students, besides eminent scholars in political philosophy, American politics and foreign policy, include many who have made their mark on American politics, typically in executive branch roles.

A German Jew who fled Adolf Hitler, Strauss did not teach political science in any conventional way...