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Surfing Strauss's Third Wave of Modernity

As I indicated in my previous post on Leo Strauss's "Three Waves of Modernity," I am puzzled as to why Strauss chose to pass over in silence Friedrich Nietzsche's Darwinian naturalism in Human, All Too Human and the other writings from his middle period. This is crucial for how we assess Strauss's claim about the crisis of modern natural right, which is the crisis of liberal democracy.
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The Biology of Natural Right: Aristotle, Darwin, Strauss, and Rand

Academics / Philosophy : Darwinian Conservatism (last year)

My argument for Darwinian natural right originated as a response to what Leo Strauss had said in his Introduction to Natural Right and History. Strauss explained: "natural right in its classic form is connected with a teleological v... Read Post

Leo Strauss's Significant Silence about Aristotle's Biology

Academics / Philosophy : Darwinian Conservatism (3 years ago)

I cannot understand Leo Strauss's silence about Aristotle's biology. In Natural Right and History, for example, there are many citations of Aristotle's writings, and yet there is only brief citation of his biological writing: on pag... Read Post

Do Strauss's Religious Longings Explain His Silence about Nietzsche's Darwinian Liberalism?

Academics / Philosophy : Darwinian Conservatism (3 years ago)

In reading Leo Strauss's "Three Waves of Modernity," I am reminded of my blog posts a few years ago on Strauss's religious longings, and on how those religious longings explain Strauss's attraction to Nietzsche's early and later wri... Read Post


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