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In the past couple of essays, I have looked at Leo Strauss and Harvey Mansfield as teachers in a climate of positivism, relativism, and academic mediocrity. In this essay, I will explore Stanley Rosen, as described by Nalin Ranasinghe in Teaching in an Age of Ideology. What we will discover is that Rosen shares many of the traits that are…

“Equivalences of Experience and Symbolization in History” is one of Eric Voegelin’s better-known essays, and its arguments concerning the nature —the structure, persistence, and historical constancy amidst variability— of human consciousness and reality experience certainly present one of his most important philosophical insights. But is it an insight? For the purposes of this panel, Professor Wolfgang Leidhold has proposed the…

Stanley Rosen


Stanley Rosen himself is a grateful student of Leo Strauss who never­theless announces: "I am in considerable disagreement with Strauss's gen­eral program." 115 His dissent from Strauss assimilates irony to postmod­ernism, pressing esotericism in rhetorical directions that Strauss does not wish to take. 
Rosen agrees with his teacher about much. Like Strauss, he proclaims "recognition of irony as…