Leo Strauss, The Straussians, and the Study of the American Regime

Leo Strauss, The Straussians, and the Study of the American Regime


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Responding to volatile criticisms frequently leveled at Leo Strauss and those he influenced, the prominent contributors to this volume demonstrate the profound influence that Strauss and his students have exerted on American liberal democracy and contemporary political thought. By stressing the enduring vitality of classic books and by articulating the theoretical and practical flaws of relativism and historicism, the contributors argue that Strauss and the Straussians have identified fundamental crises of modernity and liberal democracy. This book emphasizes the broad range of Strauss's influence, from literary criticism to constitutional thought, and it denies the existence of a monolithic Straussian political orthodoxy. Both critics and supporters of Strauss' thought are included. All political theorists interested in Strauss's extraordinary impact on political thought will want to read this book.

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ISBN-13: 9780847686926
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Pages: 468
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Kenneth L. Deutsch is professor of political science at State University of New York at Geneseo. John A. Murley is professor of political science at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Part 1 On Leo Strauss's American Career Chapter 2 Leo Strauss at the University of Chicago Chapter 3 Leo Strauss at St. John's College Chapter 4 Leo Strauss at the University of Chicago Chapter 5 Leo Strauss at One Hundred Part 6 Taking Leo Strauss Seriously Chapter 7 Leo Strauss, the Straussians and the American Regime Chapter 8 Strauss on Our Minds Chapter 9 Leo Strauss: Philosophy and the American Social Science Chapter 10 Athens and Washington: Leo Strauss and the American Regime Chapter 11 Strauss's Generalized Agnosticism and American Liberalism Chapter 12 Locating Leo Strauss in the Liberal-Communitarian Debate Part 13 The First Generation Chapter 14 In regards to George Anastaplo Chapter 15 Walter Berns: The Constitution and American Liberal Democracy Chapter 16 Allan Bloom: Strauss, Socrates and Liberal Education Chapter 17 Joseph Cropsey: Modernity and the American Regime Chapter 18 Refinding the Founding: Martin Diamond, Leo Strauss, and the American Regime Chapter 19 Paul Eidelberg: The Mixed Regime and the American Regime Chapter 20 A New Birth of Freedom: Harry V. Jaffa and the Study of America Chapter 21 Back to the Future: Ralph Lerner's Political Thought Chapter 22 Roger Masters: Natural Right and Biology Chapter 23 Herbert Storing: The American Founding and the American Constitution Part 24 American Political Institutions Chapter 25 Congress and Straussian Constitutionalism Chapter 26 Executive Power and the Presidency Chapter 27 The Supreme Court: Republican Schoolmaster Chapter 28 Bureaucracy and America: Leo Strauss on Constitutionalism, the State and Tyranny Part 29 Reflections from Practice Chapter 30 Leo Strauss and the World of Intelligence Chapter 31 Thoughts on Strauss and Our Present Discontents Chapter 32 The Charm of Competence: A Straussian Looks at the Therapeutic State Chapter 33 A Student of Leo Strauss in the Clinton Administration Chapter 34 Government and the School of Strauss

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