Explores how the thought of Leo Strauss amounts to a model for thinking about the connection between philosophy, Jewish thought, and history.
In Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History, Jeffrey A. Bernstein explores how the thought of Leo Strauss amounts to a model for thinking about the connection between philosophy, Jewish thought, and history. For Bernstein, Strauss shows that a close study of the history of philosophyfrom the ancients to medievals to modernsis necessary for one to appreciate the fundamental distinction between the forms of life Strauss terms Jerusalem and Athens, that is, order through revealed Law and free philosophical thought, respectively. Through an investigation of Strausss published texts; examination of his intellectual biography and history; and making use of correspondence, archival materials, and seminar transcripts, Bernstein shows how Strausss concern with the relation between Judaism and philosophy spanned his entire career. His findings will be of use to those interested in the thought of Strauss, the history of Jewish thought, and the relation between religion, philosophy, and politics.
About the author
Jeffrey A. Bernstein is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross.
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