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Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosophy, Judaism

Steven B. Smith

Abstract

Interest in Leo Strauss is greater now than at any time since his death, because of the link between his thought and the political movement called “neoconservatism.” This book depicts Strauss not as a high priest of neoconservatism but as a friend of liberal democracy, showing that his defense of liberal democracy was closely connected with his skepticism of both the extreme Left and the extreme Right. The author asserts that philosophical skepticism defined Strauss's thought. It was as a skeptic that Strauss considered the seemingly irreconcilable conflict between reason and revelation—a conf ... More

Keywords: Leo Strauss, neoconservativism, liberal democracy, extreme politics, skepticism, theologico-political problem, reason, revelation, Judaism, mass behavior

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226764023
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226763903.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven B. Smith, author