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[PDF / Epub] ⚣ Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire ✈ Anne Norton –

Leo Strauss and the Politics of American EmpireThe Teachings Of Political Theorist Leo Strauss 1899 1973 Have Recently Received New Attention, As Political Observers Have Become Aware Of The Influence Strauss S Students Have Had In Shaping Conservative Agendas Of The Bush Administration Including The War On Iraq This Provocative Book Examines Strauss S Ideas And The Ways In Which They Have Been Appropriated, Or Misappropriated, By Senior Policymakers.Anne Norton, A Political Theorist Trained By Some Of Strauss S Most Famous Students, Is Well Equipped To Write On Strauss And Straussians She Tells Three Interwoven Narratives The Story Of Leo Strauss, A Jewish German Born Migr , Who Carried European Philosophy Into A New World The Story Of The Philosophic Lineage That Came From Leo Strauss And The Story Of How America Has Been Made A Moral Battleground By The Likes Of Paul Wolfowitz, Leon Kass, Carnes Lord, And Irving Kristol Straussian Conservatives Committed To An American Imperialism They Believe Will Usher In A New World Order.

[PDF / Epub] ⚣ Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire ✈ Anne Norton –
  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire
  • Anne Norton
  • English
  • 10 April 2019
  • 9780300109733

    10 thoughts on “[PDF / Epub] ⚣ Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire ✈ Anne Norton –

  1. says:

    First, the good I went to the University of Chicago for graduate school Not only that, I went to the department of that school that still does the most to protect Strauss s legacy Did I take classes with Straussians No, I did not But I have Straussian friends, and learned something of their beliefs So, Norton s book made me nostalgic for Chicago, even though by the time I was there the Hegelians and, broadly speaking, modernists, far outnumbered the Straussians Now, that aside, this book is awful It was published in 2004 I remember it coming out and unfortunately bears the marks of the Bush presidency, a period in which soi disant liberal intellectuals abandoned their self respect entirely and produced endless polemics with almost no variation in tone, theme or importance i.e., none This book is one of those polemics, with a very minimal effort to link the turpitude of the Bush administration and neoconservativism in general to misunderstandings of Strauss s work The problem, dear reader, is that Norton was a Straussian, and feels the urge to defend the Meister s work even while she excoriates the pupils This was disappointing what I really wanted was a work by a Straussian turned rational human being, who could both explain the lure of Strauss s doctrines i.e., they provide certainty in a period of uncertaint...

  2. says:

    Norton s book is both analytical and autobiographical she studied at the University of Chicago with Strauss s students and others who would later become prominent political Straussians I would never have thought of writing about Straussians , she begins, but things changed Certain of the people I had known came to power The nation went to war Because the nation is at war, and because the Straussians are prominent among those who govern, the accounts I had been given are no longer part of a curious personal history but elements of a common legacy One problem with the book is that it is based mostly on her recollections of things she heard and saw many years ago The book, therefore, probably shares many of the evidentiary problems common to recovered memories and gossip But its most significant weakness is that Norton never separates her personal experience, bo...

  3. says:

    I want to give this book 3.5 stars rather than three My main frustration is that the author never really says what the teachings of Leo Strauss actually are Norton gives hints, but never seems to tie these hints into a coherent whole The other issue I have is the fact that the author attributes a political philosophy to the Straussians, but never really offers an explanation of how the teachings of Strauss became the foundation of the Strauusians or why they took it to the destructive...

  4. says:

    This is a quick read about what Norton refers to as the cult following the late University of Chicago political theorist, Leo Strauss The students of Strauss and the students of the students of Strauss who now walk the corridors of power, she writes in a summary sentence, walked a different set of corridors in the sixties and seventies In Chicago some of them formed what my professors called Straussian truth squads They constituted themselves as bands of intellectual vigilantes, entering the classrooms of professors they disliked or distrusted, asking questions not to hear the answers but as a form of disruption and intimidation A foundation for this certainty is Strauss s Natural Right and History Values in political life are objective and there are Platonic truths to judge untruth In the academic world, this approach is harmless just fierce debates about political theory But among the neo con followers of Strauss, there are real world consequences The defenders of liberal values stand against the forces of barbarism, Norton writes of them America s greatness is to seek out conflict, impose American will, and silence those who can...

  5. says:

    Though the neocon movement seems and like a thing of history, this is a nice quick and easy read that is wonderfully catty about Straussian s in the academy It includes an excellent line about how she doesn t want to hear about the glories of war from slope shouldered men with soft hands sitting in the academic lounge at the University of Chicago.Norton has far time for Strauss himself than she does for his followers She does an excellent job of pointing out the absurdity of many of the Straussian s work, citing for one example, Allan Bloom, the author of The Closing of the American Mind.In Closing of the American Mind, Bloom argues with the growing inclusion of those less gifted or rich, or, by extension, not white into the colleges of the nation, America was losing its intellectual rigor Basically, its been down hill since the G.I Bill and a liberal education is not what it once was As Norton points out, in making this arguement, Bloom counted on those liberal in power to behave like, well, liberals, and not mention that as a Jew and a gay man, he really had no place in the academy that he was championing anyway There is a genius here in knowing your enemy will not make use of your personal life to point out the contradictions in your thinking, but there is also an obvious self hatred that is both sad and disturbin...

  6. says:

    This book is less about Leo Strauss than it is about some of his neoconservative students at the University of Chicago who have been involved in setting US foreign policy including the recent adventure in Iraq over the past 30 or so years Most of what we have here seems to amount to high level academic gossip about people such as Paul Wolfowitz along with some of the other prominent Straussians at the Claremont Institute, UChicago, AEI, etc A better title might be Straussuans and the Politics of American Empire, since it s less about the man himself than about his students.The author includes what seem to be a number of cherry picked quotes by Strauss that imply that the man was a neoconservative in terms of foreign policy, although we don t get much of an in depth analysis of what the man actually believed and wrote about.I give t...

  7. says:

    I ordered this book after watching a TV documentary about Strauss and how his ideas have been used by the Neo Cons While the documentary was extremely interesting and relevant, this book left me disappointed The author does not do a very good job of linking the teachings of Strauss and how they have been mis used by Straussians This is despite the book s flyleaf claiming This provocative book examines Strauss s ideas and the ways in which they have been appropriated,or misappropriated, by senior policymakers Many of the points the author makes l...

  8. says:

    I actually agree with the Straussian reviewers on this it s a terribly written and thought out book If it were the oral history of Strauss s students and disciples it promised to be, it could have been very interesting and a book like that is really needed Unfortunately, gossipy reminiscences and breezy essays on St...

  9. says:

    I thought the ancestry of modern american conservative thought was interesting influences past and present However the book is presented as a blur, and that blur ultimately detracts from it.Opinion blurred with Fact.Personal experienced blurred with third party o...

  10. says:

    I felt like the book could have explored , but the author wrote about her professional experience in academia with Straussians To give her some credit, she tried to make a counter narrative that neoconservatives that utilize Strauss philosophy have misinterpreted or misappropriated his ideas.

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