Leo Strauss

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"Leo Strauss (September 20, 1899October 18, 1973) was an American conservative political philosopher of German-Jewish extraction, who specialized in the relativization of classical philosophy during his decades at the University of Chicago." [W]

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Strauss's views appear to many observers to be at the core of the neoconservative world-view (see links below).



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  • 2003-09-29 Leo Strauss and the neoconservatives by Shadia B. Drury «The trouble with the Straussians is that they are compulsive liars. But it is not altogether their fault. Strauss was very pre-occupied with secrecy because he was convinced that the truth is too harsh for any society to bear; and that the truth-bearers are likely to be persecuted by society - specially a liberal society - because liberal democracy is about as far as one can get from the truth as Strauss understood it.»
  • 2004 The Guru of Neoconservatism (The Intellectual/Platonist Version) by David Brin «"Strauss taught his disciples a belief in absolutes, contempt for relativism, and joy in abstract propositions. He approved of Plato's 'noble lies,'...» «From "The Making of a Mess," by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.»