Cloaked in Virtue: Unveiling Leo Strauss and the Rhetoric of by Nicholas Xenos

By Nicholas Xenos

It is now generally said that various key avid gamers in and round the Bush administration’s making plans of the Iraq invasion have been hooked up via a standard heritage within the political philosophy of Leo Strauss, a German-born college of Chicago professor who died in 1973. those Straussian "neocons" have been held chargeable for exploiting the September eleventh assaults so as to additional their very own international coverage time table. Cloaked in Virtue is the 1st booklet to take a serious view of the political principles of Leo Strauss himself by means of cautious cognizance to his personal writings sooner than and after his emigration to the us. the result's a serious exam of the political conception of Leo Strauss, lifting the veil of intentional obfuscation, and its impression at the neoconservative international coverage of the George W. Bush management.

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The nature of his longing, if indeed he did long for something, is a bit harder to define. In moving toward that definition, it is important to note direct and indirect references to two figures in Strauss’s depiction of German development after Rousseau. Strauss comments that, “It has been said, not without reason, that Hegel’s rule over Germany came to an end only on the day Hitler came to power” (PSCR, 2). 19 Strauss thus opens and closes his Preface with whispered references to Schmitt. The overt textual reference is to Friedrich Nietzsche.

1 In 1970, three years before his death, Strauss appeared together with his friend Jacob Klein at a gathering at St. ” He continued: The “ceremonial” laws were rather strictly observed but there was very little Jewish knowledge. In the Gymnasium I became exposed to the message of German humanism. Furtively, I read Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. When I was sixteen and we read the Laches in school, I formed the plan, or the wish, to spend my life reading Plato and breeding rabbits while earning my living as a rural postmaster.

It is important to understand what Strauss means by public discussion. He writes: What is called freedom of thought, in a large number of cases amounts to—and even for all practical purposes consists of—the ability to choose between two or more different views presented by a small minority of people who are public speakers or writers. If this choice is prevented, the only kind of intellectual independence of which many people are capable is destroyed, and that is the only freedom of thought which is of political importance.

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