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The Enduring Importance of Leo Strauss

Laurence Lampert


This book argues that the enduring importance of Leo Strauss lies in his recovery of the exoteric art of writing. That art was universally practiced by the greatest thinkers in Western philosophy and poetry prior to the modern Enlightenment. The book begins with Strauss’s own account of his recovery of exotericism (also called esotericism) in private letters he wrote to Jacob Klein in 1938-39. The candor of those letters makes them singular in a body of work marked by its own forms of caution or exotericism. The book then treats an essay of great importance in which Strauss not only showed how ... More

Keywords: Halevi, exotericism, esotericism, Enlightenment, Leo Strauss, Nietzsche, Plato, political philosophy, Xenophon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226039480
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226039510.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurence Lampert, author