Monday, February 11, 2008
Horton, Scott. "Will the Real Leo Strauss Please Stand Up?" HARPER'S MAGAZINE January 21, 2008.
Leo Strauss died back in 1973. But in the last few years it’s been hard to come up with a figure who has been more loved and reviled among those who study and write about political philosophy. And even among those who love him, there seems to be a very catty rage over just who are the proper “Straussians.” A lot of this of course has to do with the Neoconservative movement, which properly claims roots in the writing and thinking of Leo Strauss. The obvious starting point would be to note that while it may be true that the Neocons are Straussians, the suggestion that Strauss is a Neocon is more than doubtful. After all, he died in 1973, and this would seem to attribute to him rather firmly developed notions about a number of things as to which he had no documented position whatsoever. . . . Read the rest here: http://www.harpers.org/archive/2008/01/hbc-90002212.