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Was Leo Strauss the German Stranger?

In my graduate seminar on Leo Strauss, we are now reading William Altman's The German Stranger: Leo Strauss and National Socialism (Lexington Books, 2011). Our first discussion of this book was instructive. All of our discussions in this class have been good, for which I am grateful to the students--David Bahr, Nick Blazer, Anthony Clarke, John Grove, Todd Noelle, Kate Paton, Jesse Peck, and Mike Tolhurst.
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Academics / Philosophy : Darwinian Conservatism (3 years ago)

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Academics / Philosophy : Darwinian Conservatism (3 years ago)

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Academics / Philosophy : Darwinian Conservatism (2 years ago)

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