Leo Strauss and Anglo-American Democracy
A Conservative Critique
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Northern Illinois University Press
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Summary: “Interprets Leo Strauss’s political philosophy from War liberal. Suggests inattention to Christianity is crucial to universal regime whose eternal ideals of liberty and constitutional government accord with the teachings of Plato and Aristotle, rather States—History. 5. Political science—Great Britain—History. I. ...
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It has been over twenty-five years since I read my first book by Leo Strauss. At the time, I was enrolled in a graduate seminar course in the Social and Political Thought Program at York University in 1987, which focused on the complex relation between the Bible and philosophy. One of the course texts was Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise. Brayton Polka, the profes-...
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It has been forty years since the death of Leo Strauss, yet there is little evidence that the debate over his legacy shows any sign of abatement. A prolific scholar who managed to inspire a whole new approach to political philosophy when he taught in the United States from the late 1930s until his death in 1973, he is in retrospect perhaps an unlikely choice for inspir-...
1 - Saving Anglo-Americansfrom Themselves
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...“In defending modern civilisation against German nihilism, the English are defending the eternal principles of civilisation.”1 Leo Strauss delivered these stirring words in a lecture at the New School for Social Research in February 1941, when it was far from obvious that Britain, standing alone against Hitler, would win (or even survive) this deadly struggle. Yet the his-...
2 - Athens in Anglo-America
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It is well known that Leo Strauss portrayed himself as a political philoso-pher who sought the “recovery” of classical political philosophy. This re-covery was essential in order to shore up the legitimacy of liberal democ-racy, which, although triumphant over fascism in World War II, was still threatened by communism in the Cold War. The urgency of this recovery, ...
3 - Leo Strauss,from Left to Right
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During a conference dedicated to the ideas of Leo Strauss and Hannah Ar-endt in 1991, Harvey Mansfield praised Arendt for persuading the Left to abandon its traditional animosity toward the American Revolution. Mans-field, a distinguished Straussian political scientist at Harvard University, remarked that “it is because of her that the Left in America no longer at-...
4 - Churchill, the Anglo-American Greek?
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In his lecture “What Can We Learn from Political Theory?” which he deliv-ered at the New School for Social Research in 1942, Strauss praised Win-ston Churchill for defending Western civilization in accord with the time-less teachings of political philosophy. These teachings were not, Strauss made clear, based on biblical morality; they were in fact the ideas of Greek ...
5 - The Anglo-AmericanStruggle with Strauss
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The impact of Leo Strauss’s ideas has been mainly although not exclusively felt in the Anglo-American world. In order to understand the various rea-sons behind this phenomenon, it is instructive to examine political phi-losophers who were influenced by his ideas. The Canadian conservative George Grant (1918–1988) and the American conservative Willmoore ...
6 - Leo Strauss and theUniqueness of the West
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In the introduction to The City and Man, Strauss explains why the recov-ery of political philosophy in the context of the Cold War is so important. The “crisis of the West,” which is ultimately a battle of ideas, cannot be ad-dressed by the authority of religion alone. “It is not sufficient for everyone to obey and to listen to the Divine Message of the City of Righteousness, ...
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Publication Year: 2013