Straussophobia: Defending Leo Strauss and Straussians - download pdf or read online

By Peter Minowitz

ISBN-10: 0739119516

ISBN-13: 9780739119518

ISBN-10: 0739119524

ISBN-13: 9780739119525

Leo Strauss and his scholars have lengthy been accused of lying, elitism, and militarism, however the Iraq warfare has caused exceptional degrees of caustic and misguided denunciations. beside the point criticisms have issued from artists (Tim Robbins), politicians (Ron Paul), reporters (Joe Klein), or even hugely lauded students akin to Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Gordon wooden, Douglas Massey, Stephen Holmes, Anne Norton, Shadia Drury, Sheldon Wolin, John Pocock, John Yolton, Nicholas Xenos, and Brian Leiter. In Straussophobia, Peter Minowitz offers a methodical and special critique of the most important offenders, specifically of Drury, who keeps that Strauss demonstrated a 'covert tyranny' that might hold the Western international 'mired in perpetual war.' In replying to such charges_and to numerous authors who belittle Strauss's contributions as a scholar_Minowitz highlights the inventive but meticulous demeanour during which Strauss interpreted Thucydides, Plato, Xenophon, Farabi, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Carl Schmitt. Straussophobia additionally offers either a complete review of Strauss's 1933 letter that recommended 'fascist, authoritarian, and imperial' ideas, and a compelling account of Strauss's impression, or loss of effect, on neoconservative promoters of the Iraq struggle (e.g., Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and Lewis Libby). The publication likewise breaks new flooring in applying variety discourse to provide an explanation for and wrestle the bigotry and buffoonery that pervade assaults opposed to Strauss and Straussians_and in drawing on Strauss to light up the distortions that mar a few widely-used arguments for affirmative action.

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