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- DescriptionIn The Enduring Importance of Leo Strauss, Laurence Lampert takes on the crucial task of separating what is truly important in the work of Leo Strauss from the ephemeral politics associated with his school. Lampert focuses on exotericism - the use of artful rhetoric to simultaneously communicate a socially responsible message to the public at large and a more radical message of philosophic truth to a smaller, more intellectually fit audience. Largely forgotten after the Enlightenment, exotericism, he shows, deeply informed Strauss both as a reader and as a philosopher. Examining Strauss' most important books and essays through this exoteric lens, Lampert reevaluates t only Strauss but the philosophers - from Plato to Homer to Halevi to Nietzsche - with whom Strauss most deeply engaged. Ultimately he shows that Strauss' famous distinction between ancient and modern thinkers is primarily rhetorical, one of the great examples of Strauss' own exoteric craft. Celebrating Strauss' achievements but recognizing one main shortcoming - a lack of proper grounding in modern science, which Nietzsche would remedy - Lampert illuminates Strauss as having even greater philosophic importance than generally realized.
- Author BiographyLaurence Lampert is professor emeritus of philosophy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He is the author of several books, most recently How Philosophy Became Socratic, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
- Author(s)Laurence Lampert
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication27/08/2013
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Weight612 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
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