The German Stranger

Author: William H. F. Altman
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739177699
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The German Stranger provides a guide to Leo Strauss that situates his thought in the context of National Socialism; by destroying any middle ground between 'Athens' and 'Jerusalem,' Strauss undermined modernity's secular bulwark against political theology. Once National Socialism is understood as an atheistic religion re-enacted by post-Revelation 'philosophers,' the German avatar of Plato's Athenian Stranger can be recognized as its principal theoretician.

Leo Strauss And The Conservative Movement In America

Author: Paul E. Gottfried
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139505483
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This book offers an original interpretation of the achievement of Leo Strauss, stressing how his ideas and followers reshaped the American conservative movement. The conservative movement that reached out to Strauss and his legacy was extremely fluid and lacked a self-confident leadership. Conservative activists and journalists felt a desperate need for academic acceptability, which they thought Strauss and his disciples would furnish. They also became deeply concerned with the problem of 'value relativism', which self-described conservatives thought Strauss had effectively addressed. But until recently, neither Strauss nor his disciples have considered themselves to be 'conservatives'. Contrary to another misconception, Straussians have never wished to convert Americans to ancient political ideals and practices, except in a very selective rhetorical fashion. Strauss and his disciples have been avid champions of American modernity, and 'timeless' values as interpreted by Strauss and his followers often look starkly contemporary.

Leo Strauss

Author: Robert Howse
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107074991
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This book analyzes Leo Strauss's writings on political violence, considering also what he taught in the classroom on this subject.

The Crisis Of German Historicism

Author: Liisi Keedus
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316241092
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Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss - two major political thinkers of the twentieth century, both of German-Jewish background and forced into exile in America - were never friends or intellectual interlocutors. Yet they shared a radical critique of contemporary idioms of politically oriented discourses and a lifelong effort to modify reflective approaches to political experience. Liisi Keedus reveals how Arendt's and Strauss's thinking about political modernity was the product of a common intellectual formation in Weimar Germany, by examining the cross-disciplinary debates guiding their early work. Through a historical reconstruction of their shared interrogative horizons - comprising questions regarding the possibility of an ethically engaged political philosophy after two world wars, the political fate of Jewry, the implications of modern conceptions of freedom, and the relation between theoria and praxis - Keedus unravels striking similarities, as well as genuine antagonisms, between the two thinkers.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Author: William H. F. Altman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0739171666
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By subjecting Nietzsche to a Platonic critique, author William H. F. Altman punctures his pose of untimeliness while making use of Nietzsche s own aphoristic style of presentation. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche named for a Prussian King is thereby revealed to be the representative philosopher of the Second Reich."

Violent Democracy

Author: Daniel Ross
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139441216
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This fascinating and provocative 2005 book will change the way you think about democracy. Challenging conventional wisdom, Daniel Ross shows how from its origins and into its globalized future, violence is an integral part of the democratic system. He draws on the examples of global terrorism and security, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the relation of colonial powers to indigenous populations, and the treatment of asylum seekers. His analysis of these controversial issues moves beyond the comfortable stances of both left and right to show that democracy is violent, from its beginning and at its heart.

In Times Of Crisis

Author: Steven E. Aschheim
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 0299168638
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The nineteenth- and twentieth-century relationship between European culture, German history, and the Jewish experience produced some of the West’s most powerful and enduring intellectual creations—and, perhaps in subtly paradoxical and interrelated ways, our century’s darkest genocidal moments. In Times of Crisis explores the flashpoints of this vexed relationship, mapping the coordinates of a complex triangular encounter of immense historical import. In essays that range from the question of Nietzsche’s legacy to the controversy over Daniel Goldhagen’s Hitler’s Willing Executioners, the distinguished historian Steven E. Aschheim presents this encounter as an ongoing dialogue between two evolving cultural identities. He touches on past dimensions of this exchange (such as the politics of Weimar Germany) and on present dilemmas of grasping and representing it (such as the Israeli discourse on the Holocaust). His work inevitably traces the roots and ramifications of Nazism but at the same time brings into focus historical circumstances and contemporary issues often overshadowed or distorted by the Holocaust. These essays reveal the ubiquitous charged inscriptions of Nazi genocide within our own culture and illuminate the projects of some later thinkers and historians—from Hannah Arendt to George Mosse to Saul Friedlander—who have wrestled with its problematics and sought to capture its essence. From the broadly historical to the personal, from the politics of Weimar Germany to the experience of growing up German Jewish in South Africa, the essays expand our understanding of German Jewish history in particular, but also of historical processes in general.

Scholia Platonica

Author: William Chase Greene, Charles Pomeroy Parker, John Burnet, Frederic De Forest Allen
Publisher: Georg Olms Verlag
ISBN: 9783487414751
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Literary Paternity Literary Friendship

Author: Stanley Corngold
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
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Literary Paternity, Literary Friendship: Essays in Honor of Stanley Corngold