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Reading Leo Strauss : Politics, Philosophy, Judaism (Hardcover)

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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 asserts that this philosophical skepticism defined Strauss’ s thought. It was as a skeptic, Smith argues, that Strauss considered the seemingly irreconcilable conflict between reason and revelation— a conflict Strauss dubbed the “ theologico-political problem.” Calling this problem “ "the" theme of my investigations, ” Strauss asked the same fundamental question throughout his life: what is the relation of the political order to revelation in general and Judaism in particular?  Smith organizes his book with this question, first addressing Strauss’ s views on religion and then examining his thought on philosophical and political issues.
In his investigation of these philosophical and political issues, 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 goes a long way toward establishing a distinctive form of Straussian liberalism.


Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226764023
SKU 202246645
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0226764028
Release Date 8/13/2012
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0268
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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