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Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem
This book, by one of the most prominent interpreters of Leo Strauss's thought, is the first to examine the theme that Leo Strauss considered to be key to his entire intellectual enterprise. The theologico-political problem refers to the confrontation between the theological and the political alternative to philosophy as a way of life. In this study, Heinrich Meier clarifie ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 1st 2003)
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May 01, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing
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Recommended to Chris by: Yaffe/Ruderman
I have yet to come across a more thoroughgoing, reasonable, fair, and profound treatment of Strauss' intention as a thinker and founder of a school of thought. Whether treating of his relation to the neo-cons, or of the scope, manner, and mode of his philosophizing, Meier elucidates Strauss' political philosophy in such a manner that the individuality and "originality" of Strauss can be seen as nothing more than a wonderfuly lucky gift to those who can benefit from his work for the sake of going ...more
Full disclosure: I have a degree from the committee on social thought at the university of chicago, where Meier and a bunch of other Straussians teach. One of the offices in the building there is a Leo Strauss research center. I basically lived and thought in the eye of the Straussian storm for 7 years. That said, I never really understood what all the fuss, positive or negative, was about. Not because of any conspiracy to keep me from knowing the Great Secret or anything; I just didn't take the ...more
A fine review of this fine and very much needed book has been written by Laurence Lampert. The review is: "Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem." Canadian Journal of Political Science. 40/2 (2007): 551-552. I highly recommend it. If you are unable to obtain a copy of it, let me know and I may be able to send you one. Though short in length, it is certainly worth reading. It is the best review out of those of which I am presently aware (though it focuses on only one part of Meier's bo ...more