Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy

2014.11.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael P. Zuckert and Catherine H. Zuckert, Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy, University of Chicago Press,
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2014.11.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael P. Zuckert and Catherine H. Zuckert, Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy, University of Chicago Press, 2014, 387pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226135731. Reviewed by Miguel Vatter, University of New South Wales This is Michael Zuckert and Catherine Zuckert's second book on Leo Strauss and the legacy of his thought. The first was a polemical work; here they seek to present this thought sine ira et studio. Their moderation makes for a better book and a useful introduction to the "classical" Straussian worldview. On this worldview, the ills of modernity find their cause in "historicism," the belief that the situated character of our knowledge gives us no access to the "whole" truth. The book's first part presents Strauss's critique of historicism. On this Straussian worldview, the proper response to these same ills calls for a return to "political philosophy" as practiced by Socrates and. . .

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