Leo Strauss: Man of Peace

2014.10.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert Howse, Leo Strauss: Man of Peace, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 188pp., $29.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781107427679.
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2014.10.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert Howse, Leo Strauss: Man of Peace, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 188pp., $29.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781107427679. Reviewed by Steven B. Smith, Yale University The title of Robert Howse's new book is a deliberate provocation. Leo Strauss, a man of peace? This certainly runs counter to the way Strauss is viewed by virtually all of his critics and even many of his defenders. Strauss has been seen as a man of the political right who supported a hard line anti-communism during the Cold War and whose writings have been enlisted into imperialistic foreign policy positions associated with neo-conservatism during the George W. Bush era. How accurate is this depiction? The current reading of Strauss regards him as a proponent of the tradition of European realism. On this account, Strauss was an early disciple of the German legal theorist Carl Schmitt who made the distinction between friend and enemy the... . . .

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