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

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ISBN-13: 978-0847686926
ISBN-10: 0847686922
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This book certainly will not disappoint anyone looking for a serious philosophic discussion of the American Founding. (Erik Root Clarion)

The significance of Leo Strauss for the theory and practice of American politics is limned in this thought-provoking volume. (Ken Masugi, Glaremont Institute Perspectives on Political Science)

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.
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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847686922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847686926
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,917,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, it should be stressed out, is not a book about neoconservatism, or on the Straussians' alleged influence over the domestic and foreign policy agendas of recent Republican administrations. In fact, the word neoconservatism is not used even once, and foreign policy is only discussed incidentally. Published upon the centenary of Leo Strauss's birth, this collection of essays explores all the aspects of the philosopher's legacy as a teacher and as a scholar, focussing on the study of the American liberal democratic regime. It is a scholarly book written for scholars, and deliberately puts all controversies aside.

The contributors, Strauss' devoted students and followers, take great pain to distance themselves from a political interpretation of their master's line of inquiry. Says one : "As far as I can recall, Strauss had never recommended any measure of public policy or ought to recruit the sentiments of his audience to the side of any faction or cause in the conflict of the political parties." Or as another writes: "I think it is inappropriate to drive Straus very hard in the direction of specific policy issues because he would have shied away from allowing political philosophy to become confused with political ideology, no matter how dignified the ideology of the regime it supported."

Or again according to a more nuanced assessment: "Strauss would certainly have welcomed the conservative resurgence that was already underway--thanks in no small parts to his own efforts--by the time of his death in 1973. Yet there is little reason to suppose he would have felt comfortable with the fundamental outlook of the dominant elements in the conservative coalition that emerged in the 1980s.
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The Kindle conversion is inexcusably sloppy. Title of Chapter One in the Kindle is "Leo Stmuss at the University of Chicago."
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