Thursday, May 10, 2012

Paul Gottfried's Book on Leo Strauss

The American Conservative's Kenneth B. McIntyre reviews the book on the man whose "work is almost universally dismissed by philosophers and historians, yet [who] has attracted a following amongst political theorists... and neoconservative political activists" and whose legacy has been "to develop an abstract legend of American politics that supports a moderate welfare state domestically and a quasi-messianic internationalism in foreign policy" — The Right’s False Prophet.

"[U]nlike critics on the left who suggest that Strauss is illiberal and anti-modern, Gottfried argues that Strauss’s appeal consists largely in his creation of a mythical account of the rise of liberal democracy and its culmination in a creedal conception of the American polity."

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Good, important contribution.

Here's another:

Leo Strauss and History: The Philosopher as Conspirator, Claes G. Ryn

which can be found here:

http://www.nhinet.org/hum.htm

May 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM  

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