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Leo Strauss and Anglo-American Democracy. Grant N. Havers. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013.
The work of German expatriate political philosopher Leo Strauss has in the past two decades gained increasing scholarly attention, the bulk of it from those favorably disposed. The cultural and political prominence of a few of Strauss’s students and associates has attracted additional critical attention, largely…
Leo Strauss 5

It feels a little strange to raise the question of Leo Strauss’s relationship to Catholicism when his relationship to Judaism has scarcely been clarified. If we could sort out the latter then perhaps the former would fall into place. Instead we are left only with questions and it is into this fog of uncertainty that Jim Stoner has cast a…
Leo Strauss 2

The Need for Political Philosophy
A reflection on the legacy of Eric Voegelin and Leo Strauss must start from the following general questions: What is political philosophy? Why should the political scientist commit himself to it?
The “hard-nosed” practitioner may think such questions irrelevant, although he might be willing to go so far as to accept some political theory as long as…
Barry Cooper Voegelin Foundations Political Science

Eric Voegelin and Leo Strauss

Eric Voegelin, Leo Strauss, and Hannah Arendt were all forced to flee Germany when that country fell under the sway of the National Socialists.
They have been grouped together by hostile critics and by those who admired their work; their interpersonal relations have been the subject of gossip, speculation, and occasional analysis.
Whatever the motives one may have…
Leo Strauss 6

The fascinating correspondence between Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin raises more questions than it answers, if merely taken by itself.l To be sure, a number of extremely valuable debates arise between the two writers, especially in the letters of 1949 through 1951. Often, however, the exchange gives only straws in the wind and a sense of agreements and disagreements, but…