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The Enduring Importance of Leo Strauss$
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Laurence Lampert

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226039480

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226039510.001.0001

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Advancing the Enlightenment

Advancing the Enlightenment

Strauss’s Recovery of Nietzsche’s Theological-Political Program

(p.268) Chapter Nine Advancing the Enlightenment
The Enduring Importance of Leo Strauss

Laurence Lampert

University of Chicago Press

This chapter treats Strauss’s late essay “Note on the Plan of Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil.” It emphasizes Strauss’s great achievement of showing how philosophy and religion belong together in Nietzsche’s work, or how Nietzsche as philosopher gained the fundamental insight into beings as such, his “doctrine of will to power,” and then moved necessarily to the theological political program that was true to that insight, the teaching of eternal return or what Strauss called the new “ideal belonging to the religion of the future.” Because Strauss refused to set out Nietzsche’s religion of the future, the chapter shows why Nietzsche took both Dionysos and Ariadne with the greatest seriousness. The chapter ends showing why Nietzsche thought a new post-Christian religion was necessary and how that new religion could be ecological or true to the earth.

Keywords:   Ariadne, Dionysos, ecology, eternal return, philosophy, religion, religion of the future, will to power

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