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Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy

Michael P. Zuckert and Catherine H. Zuckert


Leo Strauss was one of the preeminent political philosophers of the twentieth century. Although most of his work took the form of investigations in the history of political philosophy, his intentions were not simply those of a historian of ideas. His chief goal was the restoration of political philosophy as a meaningful, even urgent enterprise. To that end, he delivered stinging critiques of two modern intellectual movements, positivism and historicism, that seemed to make political philosophy no longer possible. His was an effort to reestablish rationalism by showing that the death spiral of ... More

Keywords: Leo Strauss, political philosophy, Socratic tradition, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, ancients, moderns, theological-political problem, liberal democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226135731
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226135878.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael P. Zuckert, author

Catherine H. Zuckert, author