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  Leo Strauss - SourceWatch
Leo Strauss, a "refugee from Nazi Germany who arrived in the United States in 1937, was trained in the history of political philosophy, and became one of the foremost conservative émigré scholars." He taught at the University of Chicago.
Leo Strauss was a brilliant German Jew who after studying in Europe on a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, became a highly paid professor at the University of Chicago.
Leo Strauss Comprehensive Bibliography of Leo Strauss, straussian.net.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Leo_Strauss   (2096 words)

  
  The Straight Dope: What’s the story on Leo Strauss?
Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was born and educated in Germany, relocated to the UK in 1934, then emigrated to the U.S. in 1937.
Some say Strauss was the greatest political philosopher of the 20th century, but he didn't see himself as a groundbreaking theorist.
Since Strauss was Jewish, there's a tendency to link him with the more arcane elements of Judaic tradition--the kabbalah, some features of the work of Maimonides, and so on.
www.straightdope.com /columns/031212.html   (829 words)

  
  What was Leo Strauss up to?
Strauss claimed that he had rediscovered "a forgotten kind of writing," and that for almost two centuries the proper manner of reading the greatest works of the past had apparently disappeared.
Strauss provides a narrative account of modernity according to which Hobbes first sought to construct a political order that, by being in accord with man's most powerful passion - fear of violent death - is capable of universal actualization.
Strauss, chiefly by way of his students, is in large part responsible for making the thought and principles of America's founders a source of political knowledge and appeal, and for making political excellence more broadly a subject of appreciation and study.
home.cfl.rr.com /mpresley1/leo_strauss.html   (4978 words)

  
 Leo Strauss and Jefferson
Strauss has not had to witness the production of the largest gap between the rich and the poor in human history, all in the name of conservative, right wing notions of "fairness." There is something of a minor tragedy in not living to see the fruits of one's labor.
Strauss was seemingly unaware of the millennial conflict between science and religion and seemingly ignorant of what America's fathers had rejected in the interest of defining and implementing American democracy.
Leo Strauss held an untrue world view of interest to the right wing and, in their hands, his contributions have become pure rhetoric, riddled with inconsistencies, which is to say there is no logic required.
www.opednews.com /lower_leo_strauss_and_jefferson.htm   (2156 words)

  
 Nicholas Xenos - Leo Strauss and the Rhetoric of the War on Terror -- Logos: Spring 2004
Strauss wrote to Löwith in May 1933, five months after Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor and a month after implementation of the first anti-Jewish legislation, that “Just because Germany has turned to the right and has expelled us,” meaning Jews, “it simply does not follow that the principles of the right are therefore to be rejected.
Strauss had been working on Maimonides and he came to the conclusion that in order to understand Maimonides he had to understand the writers to whom Maimonides was relating and that led Strauss to Alfarabi, the medieval Islamic philosopher.
Strauss himself adopted a system of using a great many interrelated footnotes and references and of quoting people whose position he would not overtly take while pointing to the fact that that was his position by other clues in the text, among other techniques.
www.logosjournal.com /issue_3.2/xenos.htm   (6490 words)

  
 Leo Strauss
Leo Strauss was born on 20 September, 1899,
Strauss was very impressed by Heidegger’s thoroughness and intensiveness of his interpretations of philosophic texts, (in particular, on one occasion, when he understood something of what Heidegger meant, his interpretation of the beginning of Aristotle’s Metaphysics).
Strauss could exhibit was, I suspect, inherited, for another story he liked to tell was of a prank played by his father upon a travelling business man who used to stop in their German town.
members.tripod.com /Cato1/strauss-bio.htm   (7198 words)

  
 Noble lies and perpetual war: Leo Strauss, the neo-cons, and Iraq
Strauss goes so far as to say that dissembling and deception — in effect, a culture of lies — is the peculiar justice of the wise.
This was as terrifying a spectre for Strauss as it was for Alexandre Kojève and Carl Schmitt.
Leo Strauss was born in 1899 in the region of Hessen, Germany, the son of a Jewish small businessman.
www.informationclearinghouse.info /article5010.htm   (4228 words)

  
 Leo Strauss's Platonism
Strauss has uncovered a Plato that perfectly meets the need of contemporary humanity to regain contact with a phenomenological nature able to be a constitutive source of moral and political life.
Strauss seeks to illuminate the inherently political character of the relation of the various aspects of the city to one another and to philosophy.
Strauss tries to develop a middle ground between modern objectivity and existential engagement--what could be called the sphere of objective engagement, the sphere of institutions and roles.
www.mun.ca /animus/1999vol4/roberts4.htm   (4828 words)

  
 Leo Strauss - dKosopedia
Strauss would come to specialize in the history of political philosophy and refused the title of "political philosopher." In 1932 he left Germany, both to pursue his work and to escape the growing political crisis in his home country.
Strauss rejected or dismissed empirical social science and its findings in large part because he had not been trained to employ them and was therefore unable to make contributions to political science using the scientific method and statistical analysis.
Leo Strauss was a brilliant German Jew who after studying in Europe on a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, became a highly paid professor at the University of Chicago.
www.dkosopedia.com /index.php/Leo_Strauss   (1999 words)

  
 Noble lies and perpetual war: Leo Strauss, the neocons, and Iraq Danny Postel - openDemocracy   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Strauss goes so far as to say that dissembling and deception — in effect, a culture of lies — is the peculiar justice of the wise.
This was as terrifying a spectre for Strauss as it was for Alexandre Kojève and Carl Schmitt.
Leo Strauss was born in 1899 in the region of Hessen, Germany, the son of a Jewish small businessman.
www.opendemocracy.net /debates/article-3-77-1542.jsp   (4451 words)

  
 AlterNet: Leo Strauss' Philosophy of Deception
A follower of Leo Strauss may just hire the "right" kind of men to get the job done – people with the intellect, acuity, and, if necessary, the political commitment, polemical skills, and, above all, the imagination to find the evidence that career intelligence officers could not detect.
Strauss taught at several major universities, including Wolfowitz and Shulsky's alma mater, the University of Chicago, before his death in 1973.
Strauss' philosophy is hardly incidental to the strategy and mindset adopted by these men – as is obvious in Shulsky's 1999 essay titled "Leo Strauss and the World of Intelligence (By Which We Do Not Mean Nous)" (in Greek philosophy the term nous denotes the highest form of rationality).
www.alternet.org /story/15935   (577 words)

  
 Allen L Roland's Radio Weblog
In his article, Hersh wrote that Strauss believed the world to be a place where ''isolated liberal democracies live in constant danger from hostile elements abroad'', and where policy advisers may have to deceive their own publics and even their rulers in order to protect their countries.
''Strauss was neither a liberal nor a democrat,'' she said in a telephone interview from her office at the University of Calgary in Canada.
For Strauss, the act demonstrates both the superiority and the isolation of the leader within a society and, presumably, the leading country vis-a-vis the rest of the world.
blogs.salon.com /0002255/2003/05/12.html   (1070 words)

  
 Leo Strauss Chronology
1899:Leo Strauss was born to observant Jewish parents in the German town of Kirchhain, near Marburg, in the province of Hesse.
Strauss' research on Thomas Hobbes brought him in contact with the future "Nazi Crown Jurist," Carl Schmitt.
Strauss wrote a review of Schmitt's little book, The Concept of the Political, which so pleased Schmitt that he got it published in the same journal which published the book.
www.larouchepub.com /pr/site_packages/2003/leo_strauss/3015strauss_chronology.html   (520 words)

  
 FrontPage Magazine
Strauss contends that the modern view of politics is artificial and that the ancient one is direct and honest about the experience of political things.
Strauss shockingly admits, contrary to generations of liberal professors who have taught him as a martyr to the First Amendment, that the prosecution of Socrates was not entirely without point.
As Strauss says, "just because we are friends of liberal democracy does not entitle us to be flatterers of liberal democracy." In his public utterances on contemporary politics he was a conventional conservative patriot who backed the United States against Nazi Germany in WWII and Soviet Russia in the Cold War.
www.frontpagemag.com /Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=1233   (2937 words)

  
 Profile: Leo Strauss, Fascist Godfather of the Neo-Cons
However, Strauss' name may also prove to be a liability, particularly for those neo-conservative ideologues who are now attempting to steer President Bush into a no-win war in the Persian Gulf, in pursuit of an illusory world empire, and who are finding themselves under growing public attack.
Within days of the LaRouche interview, Leo Strauss was the subject of a series of public attacks, in the German, French and American media (see Documentation), for his role in producing the current generation of neo-conservatives.
For Strauss and all of his protégés (Strauss personally had 100 Ph.D. students, and the "Straussians" now dominate most university political science and philosophy departments), the greatest object of hatred was the United States itself, which they viewed as nothing better than a weak, pathetic replay of "liberal democratic" Weimar Germany.
www.larouchepub.com /other/2003/3011profile_strauss.html   (558 words)

  
 The Claremont Institute - Leo Strauss and American Foreign Policy
Thus according to Strauss, the purpose of foreign policy is or ought to be survival and independence, or self-preservation, and nothing else.
For Strauss and the classics, the sole justification for the war would have been that Iraq was a national security threat to the United States, or, what is the same thing, to the allies of the United States.
Strauss and the classics, together with John Quincy Adams, would admit that there always will be many monsters abroad in the world, ravaging and pillaging to their hearts' content.
www.claremont.org /writings/crb/summer2004/west.html   (4342 words)

  
 Hoover Institution - Policy Review - Leo Strauss and the Conservatives
Strauss is well known for being “in the odor of conservatism,” as he once put it, but his relation to the right is much misunderstood.
Inspired by, as he wrote to Strauss, “your own work and that of your pupils,” Kendall co-founded the University of Dallas’s Ph.D. program in politics and literature, a program that remains a stronghold of what may be described as Catholic Straussianism.
Strauss underscores this ambiguity by observing that “Liberal education is not the opposite of conservative education, but of illiberal education.
www.hoover.org /publications/policyreview/3449651.html   (1963 words)

  
 DYSKE - Leo Strauss and His Natural Right
Leo Strauss was a political philosopher (1899-1973) who believed in the existence of "natural right".
The fundamental difference between the philosophy of Strauss and that of mine seems to be that he did not see the inherent schizophrenia of the human race.
Strauss himself makes a good argument about the ultimate whole being impossible to be understood because everything exists as a part of something.
www.dyske.com /index.php?view_id=762   (3166 words)

  
 Asia Times
In his article, Hersh wrote that Strauss believed the world to be a place where "isolated liberal democracies live in constant danger from hostile elements abroad", and where policy advisers may have to deceive their own publics and even their rulers in order to protect their countries.
"Strauss was neither a liberal nor a democrat," she said in a telephone interview from her office at the University of Calgary in Canada.
For Strauss, "religion is the glue that holds society together", said Drury, who added that Irving Kristol, among other neoconservatives, has argued that separating church and state was the biggest mistake made by the founders of the US republic.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Middle_East/EE09Ak01.html   (988 words)

  
 Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire reviewed by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
The University of Pennsylvania’s Anne Norton, herself educated by disciples of Strauss at the University of Chicago, is in a particularly advantageous position to describe the Straussian phenomenon.
What we discover in Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire is a tightly knit scholarly network, fascinated with power and its exercise and today committed to a foreign policy program that seems far more revolutionary than conservative.
Strauss, who opposed the idea of individual rights, maintained that neither the ancient world nor the Christian envisioned strict, absolute limits on state power.
www.lewrockwell.com /woods/woods28.html   (1015 words)

  
 Swans Commentary: Leo Strauss, by Milo Clark - mgc132
Leo Strauss as an historical persona ends as an atheist with a Hebrew core who grounded himself in classical philosophies and twisted Plato's Republic into Rove's America.
Leo Strauss worked hard to confuse analysis while snaring devotees with golden chains of lusts imputed and greeds little satisfied as others might imagine.
Strauss again: "It would be absurd to hamper the free flow of wisdom by any regulations; hence the rule of the wise must be absolute rule.
www.swans.com /library/art10/mgc132.html   (2002 words)

  
 The Long Reach of Leo Strauss
The main intellectual influence on the neoconservatives has been the philosopher Leo Strauss, who left Germany in 1938 and taught for many years at the University of Chicago.
According to Strauss, the relativism of modern American society is a moral disorder that could block it from identifying its real enemies.
Strauss, who died in 1973, was no friend of hegemony, American or otherwise.
www.commondreams.org /views03/0515-09.htm   (762 words)

  
 The Claremont Institute - Leo Strauss, the Bible, and Political Philosophy
That article was the revised text of a lecture I had given at the New School for Social Research earlier in 1987, as part of a symposium — sponsored by the School — on the contributions of foreign born scholars to the understanding of the American Constitution, whose bicentennial was being celebrated.
As we cannot too often repeat, Strauss never forgot the claims of revelation, no less than of reason, to be the "high." But a judgment with respect to these claims was ultimately dependent upon speculative reason: which he did not think could in fact render any final decision.
Strauss thought that Machiavelli's turning away from moral virtue, as a necessary ingredient of human well-being, was mistaken.
www.claremont.org /writings/980213jaffa.html   (5245 words)

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