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  • The Catholic Moment in the Political Philosophy of Leo Strauss

    May 23, 2018

    When I first mentioned my plan to speak on the topic of this essay a few years back, I was greeted with guffaws, or at least the email equivalent. Ha, someone wrote, you Straussians: Now you’ll show the master to have been a Jesuit! Another was reminded of the…

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  • Pierre Manent on Raymond Aron and Leo Strauss

    May 22, 2018

    RAYMOND ARON AND LEO STRAUSS On the advice of your preparatory class teacher, you met Raymond Aron. How did the special relationship you had with him begin? First of all, I probably would have gone to see Aron even if Jugnet hadn’t recommended I do it. Still, it pleases…

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  • The Monstrous Politics of Leo Strauss

    May 21, 2018

    “But as perfect men I regard those who are able to mingle and fuse political capacity with philosophy. Such men, I take it, are masters of the two greatest goods there are: as statesmen, a life of public usefulness, and a tranquil existence of untroubled serenity in the pursuit…

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  • Venezuela’s Totalitarian Virus

    May 20, 2018

    1 Totalitarianism, like a virus leading to a deadly disease, reappears in ever new guises and forms. Its ideology, in the words of Karl Jaspers, is a “soulless, daemonic something which seizes everybody—those who drift into it blindly as well as those that half-knowingly bring it about.” Recalling the…

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  • The Price of Velvet: Thomas Masaryk and Vaclav Havel

    May 19, 2018

    The study is concerned with the specific nature of two velvet revolutions in Czech history – in 1918 and 1989 – and with the philosophy of the two men who lead them – T. G. Masaryk and V. Havel. Havel opposed an indisputably repulsive regime, whereas Masaryk stood against…

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  • Common Sense and Central Europe

    May 18, 2018

    An elementary fact in the history of thought is the emergence of philosophical schools around prominent thinkers. The disciples of a Master strived to preserve his work for the future, to carry through his basic intention and to continue in the implementation of the task pursued, but unattained by…

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RAYMOND ARON AND LEO STRAUSS
On the advice of your preparatory class teacher, you met Raymond Aron. How did the special relationship you had with him begin?
First of all, I probably would have gone to see Aron even if Jugnet hadn’t recommended I do it. Still, it pleases me that there was a kind of—let us not say apostolic succession—but…

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Totalitarianism, like a virus leading to a deadly disease, reappears in ever new guises and forms. Its ideology, in the words of Karl Jaspers, is a “soulless, daemonic something which seizes everybody—those who drift into it blindly as well as those that half-knowingly bring it about.” Recalling the self-deception that blinded many of the German people in the early 1930s,…

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An elementary fact in the history of thought is the emergence of philosophical schools around prominent thinkers. The disciples of a Master strived to preserve his work for the future, to carry through his basic intention and to continue in the implementation of the task pursued, but unattained by him in his lifetime. Nevertheless, there is another elementary fact in…

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Self-Interest and Public Interest in Western Politics. Leif Lewin. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Leif Lewin's book Self-Interest and Public Interest in Western Politics contains, as a main theme, an attack on public-choice theory. This theme, however, is not in any way revealed by the rather neutral title of the book, nor by the publisher's text on the back-cover, nor by…

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Saul Bellow

A controversial novel when it was first published, Saul Bellow’s Mr. Sammler’s Planet (1970) remains worth revisiting, even though the social and political conflicts of the 1960s have transformed themselves into an acceptable bobo ethos. With the inauguration of a new president, who was brought into office on the campaign message of hope and change, Bellow’s novel serves as a…

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In my recently released co-edited volume, A Political Companion to Saul Bellow, the contributors explore the politics and political thought of one of the seminal fiction writers of America. Exploring Saul Bellow’s politics and his thought on race, religion, gender, multiculturalism, as well as other aspects of modernity that pushed him into the conservative camp, these contributors offer fresh insights…

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Religion and Nationalism in Chinese Societies. Cheng-tian Kuo, ed. Amsterdam University Press, 2018.
 
A Varieties of Chinese Nationalisms and Their Implications on Religions
This volume is a collection of papers discussing “the origin, development, content, and implications of religion-state relations” in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong (10). The lens of using nationalism in examining state-society-religion relations works as an overarching theme…

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