Discourses on Strauss: Revelation and Reason in Leo Strauss and His Critical Study of Machiavelli

$35.00

Discourses on Strauss: Revelation and Reason in Leo Strauss and His Critical Study of Machiavelli

110 in stock

Description

Leo Strauss has perhaps been more cited–and alternately vilified or revered–in the last ten years than during the productive years of his scholarly life. He has been blamed (or credited) for providing the intellectual underpinnings of a generation of neoconservatives in political philosophy and foreign policy. But though he may be cast as a conservative thinker who critiques modernity, to interpret him exclusively in this light is to reduce him in ways that his self-definition, as a political theorist open to both religion and philosophy, does not justify.

Kim A. Sorensen clearly lays out the debate surrounding Strauss by reviewing his published work and legacy since his death in 1973. He then turns to a key distinction in Strauss s thought–between revelation and reason, or religion and philosophy–and maintains that Strauss used their mutual opposition to modernity as a central theme in his oeuvre. For Sorensen, Strauss considered revelation and reason both as fundamentally dif