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.
In my seminar on Leo Strauss, we are now reading Natural Right and History. Reading it again reminds me of what a strange book it is. The first paragraph of the Introduction creates the impression that this is going to be a book def... Read Post
The argument of Will Altman's The German Stranger: Leo Strauss and National Socialism can be summarized in nine theses: 1. Biblical dualism 2. Biblical liberalism 3. Platonic dualism 4. Platonic liberalism 5. Straussian anti-dualism... Read Post
At the end of the summer, the American Political Science Association will be meeting in Chicago. For that meeting, I have proposed a panel on William Altman's book The German Stranger: Leo Strauss and National Socialism (2011), whic... Read Post