Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides

An invaluable companion to Green’s comprehensive collection of Strauss’s writings on Maimonides, this volume shows how Strauss confronted the commonly accepted approaches to the medieval philosopher, resulting in both a new ...

Author: Kenneth Hart Green

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226307018

Category: Philosophy

Page: 217

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In Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides, Kenneth Hart Green explores the critical role played by Maimonides in shaping Leo Strauss’s thought. In uncovering the esoteric tradition employed in Maimonides’s Guide of the Perplexed, Strauss made the radical realization that other ancient and medieval philosophers might be concealing their true thoughts through literary artifice. Maimonides and al-Farabi, he saw, allowed their message to be altered by dogmatic considerations only to the extent required by moral and political imperatives and were in fact avid advocates for enlightenment. Strauss also revealed Maimonides’s potential relevance to contemporary concerns, especially his paradoxical conviction that one must confront the conflict between reason and revelation rather than resolve it. An invaluable companion to Green’s comprehensive collection of Strauss’s writings on Maimonides, this volume shows how Strauss confronted the commonly accepted approaches to the medieval philosopher, resulting in both a new understanding of Maimonides and a new depth and direction for his own thought. It will be welcomed by anyone engaged with the work of either philosopher.

Leo Strauss on Maimonides

The result will become the standard edition of Strauss’s writings on Maimonides.

Author: Leo Strauss

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226776778

Category: Philosophy

Page: 768

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Leo Strauss is widely recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of Maimonides. His studies of the medieval Jewish philosopher led to his rediscovery of esotericism and deepened his sense that the tension between reason and revelation was central to modern political thought. His writings throughout the twentieth century were chiefly responsible for restoring Maimonides as a philosophical thinker of the first rank. Yet, to appreciate the extent of Strauss’s contribution to the scholarship on Maimonides, one has traditionally had to seek out essays he published separately spanning almost fifty years. With Leo Strauss on Maimonides, Kenneth Hart Green presents for the first time a comprehensive, annotated collection of Strauss’s writings on Maimonides, comprising sixteen essays, three of which appear in English for the first time. Green has also provided careful translations of materials that had originally been quoted in Hebrew, Arabic, Latin, German, and French; written an informative introduction highlighting the original contributions found in each essay; and brought references to out-of-print editions fully up to date. The result will become the standard edition of Strauss’s writings on Maimonides.

Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides

5 and 9 in On Maimonides; Strauss, “Farabi's Plato,” in Louis Ginzberg Jubilee
Volume (New York: American Academy for ... For the most impressive recent
treatment of Farabi done in the wake of Strauss's rediscovery of him as a great
thinker ...

Author: Kenneth Hart Green

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226307034

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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In Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides, Kenneth Hart Green explores the critical role played by Maimonides in shaping Leo Strauss’s thought. In uncovering the esoteric tradition employed in Maimonides’s Guide of the Perplexed, Strauss made the radical realization that other ancient and medieval philosophers might be concealing their true thoughts through literary artifice. Maimonides and al-Farabi, he saw, allowed their message to be altered by dogmatic considerations only to the extent required by moral and political imperatives and were in fact avid advocates for enlightenment. Strauss also revealed Maimonides’s potential relevance to contemporary concerns, especially his paradoxical conviction that one must confront the conflict between reason and revelation rather than resolve it. An invaluable companion to Green’s comprehensive collection of Strauss’s writings on Maimonides, this volume shows how Strauss confronted the commonly accepted approaches to the medieval philosopher, resulting in both a new understanding of Maimonides and a new depth and direction for his own thought. It will be welcomed by anyone engaged with the work of either philosopher.

The Philosophy of Emil Fackenheim

In this book, Kenneth Green examines Fackenheim's intellectual trajectory and traces how and why he focused so intently on the Holocaust.

Author: Kenneth Hart Green

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 131694719X

Category: Religion

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Fackenheim was one of the philosophically serious, knowledgeable, and provocative contemporary Jewish thinkers. His original focus as a philosophical theologian was mainly on revelation, but in his later work he concerned himself primarily with the wide-ranging implications of the Holocaust. In this book, Kenneth Green examines Fackenheim's intellectual trajectory and traces how and why he focused so intently on the Holocaust. He explores the deeper thought that Fackenheim developed about the Holocaust, which he construed as a cataclysmic event that ruptured history and one that also brought about a change in the very structure of being. As Green demonstrates, the Holocaust, according to Fackenheim's interpretation, changes how we view all things, from God to man to history. It also radically affects Judaism, Christianity, and philosophy, the major traditions that have shaped the Western world.

Between Athens and Jerusalem

By means of a close and comprehensive study of these texts, David Janssens reconstructs the genesis of Strauss’s thought from its earliest beginnings until his emigration to the United States in 1937.

Author: David Janssens

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 079147870X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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Examines the early works of German-Jewish philosopher Leo Strauss (1899-1973).

Reading Maimonides Philosophy in 19th Century Germany

This book investigates the re-discovery of Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed by the Wissenschaft des Judentums movement in Germany of the nineteenth and beginning twentieth Germany.

Author: George Y. Kohler

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400740352

Category: Philosophy

Page: 374

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This book investigates the re-discovery of Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed by the Wissenschaft des Judentums movement in Germany of the nineteenth and beginning twentieth Germany. Since this movement is inseparably connected with religious reforms that took place at about the same time, it shall be demonstrated how the Reform Movement in Judaism used the Guide for its own agenda of historizing, rationalizing and finally turning Judaism into a philosophical enterprise of ‘ethical monotheism’. The study follows the reception of Maimonidean thought, and the Guide specifically, through the nineteenth century, from the first beginnings of early reformers in 1810 and their reading of Maimonides to the development of a sophisticated reform-theology, based on Maimonides, in the writings of Hermann Cohen more then a hundred years later.

Leo Strauss

... of the view that the thought of Moses Maimonides is the classic of rationalism in
Judaism and even the classic of rationalism as such , or the truly natural model .
Strauss traced the possibility of such a bold endeavor and the distinctive
character of his own research into medieval ... to his discovery or rediscovery of
the fact that the subject of law is the guiding theme of the medieval Jewish
enlightenment .

Author: Kenneth L. Deutsch

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 396

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In this book, 19 prominent representatives of each side in the basic division among Strauss's followers explore his contribution to political philosophy and Jewish thought. The volume presents the most extensive analysis yet published of Strauss's religious heritage and how it related to his work, and includes Strauss's previously unpublished 'Why We Remain Jews, ' an extraordinary essay concerned with the challenge posed to Judaism by modern secular thought. The extensive introduction interrelates the major themes of Strauss's thought

Leo Strauss and Judaism

The Literary Problem of Maimonides It seems natural to begin with that aspect of
Strauss's interpretation that is the ... The discovery or rather rediscovery of the
practice of a form of writing known as esoteric , is a teaching for which Strauss is
 ...

Author: David Novak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Philosophy

Page: 200

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This collection of original essays by prominent scholars of political philosophy analyzes Leo Strauss's thoughts concerning the relationship between revelation and reason within the context of Jewish religion and thought. Unlike other edited collections about Strauss, the contributors to Leo Strauss and Judaism: Jerusalem and Athens Critically Revisited examine their subject using a wide range of ideological and methodological approaches, arriving at a variety of conclusions, many of which are controversial. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Leo Strauss, Jewish philosophy, and political theory.

Religious apologetics philosophical argumentation

This volume shows how the boundaries between the talk of apologetics and philosophical argumentation fade and it combines historical and contemporary case studies from Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Author: Yossef Schwartz

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161483103

Category: Philosophy

Page: 574

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"The dialog between the religions and various cultures has shown their common ground and emphasized the differences which characterize the individual religion or cultural identity. This volume shows how the boundaries between the talk of apologetics and philosophical argumentation fade and it combines historical and contemporary case studies from Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Contents include: On the Conditions for Systematic Theology in a Global Public, In the Name of the One and of the Many: Augustine and the Shaping of Christian Identity, An Apology for Mr. Toland in a Letter to Himself, Autobiography as Self Apology. From Deism through Transcendentalism to Atheism: Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Adams, On Theologization of Kabbalah in Modern Scholarship, Leo Strauss' Rediscovery of the Exoteric, A Philosophical Myth in the Service of Christian Apologetics? Manichees and Origenists in the Sixth Century, Critique of Sculptures: Polemics of al-Jahiz and Ibn Hazm against Christianity and Judaism, Reason and Faith: Inter-religious Polemic and Christian Identity in the 13th Century, Self-Definition, Apology, and the Jew Moses Maimonides: Thomas Aquinas, Raymundus Martini, Meister Eckhart, Nicholas of Lyra, Choices for Changing Frontiers: The Apologetics of Philio of Alexandria, The Two Sons of the One Father: The Salvation-Historical Interpretation of Luke 15:11-32."

The Hibbert Journal

Maimonides THE STORY OF THE JEWS in Spain , from translation , and the
introductory essay the Dispersion to the tragedy of by Leo Strauss , offer a new
estimate of forced conversions and banishment in the thought of Maimonides ,
differing the fifteenth ... In order to obtain a correct estimate stimulated also by the
rediscovery of of ourselves , we must reflect on the ancient Greek thought ,
produced a ...

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Epoch

In a 1939 essay , Strauss gave his exclusive attention to the " rediscovery of
exotericism . “ 18 But the full impact of ... 14 : January , 1986 , pp . 51-59 .
Maimonides to pursue a purely private and " trans - 95 Leo Strauss : From Hesse
to Chicago.

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Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam

Lenzner , S . J . Leo Strauss and the Problem of Freedom of Thought : The
Rediscovery of the Philosophic Arts of ... Loberbaum , Y . “ On Contradictions ,
Rationality , Dialectics , and Esotericism in Maimonides ' s Guide of the
Perplexed .

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Canadian Philosophical Reviews

These efforts earned Strauss and his followers an enmity that has not noticeably
diminished despite his being ... Fundamental to their success has been Strauss '
re - discovery ( or , rather , confirmation of Nietzsche's rediscovery ; cf. ... As a
consequence of this approach , Strauss ' own interpretations of Plato , Aristotle ,
Xenophon , Thucydides , Maimonides ... when approaching the writings of the
great political philosophers is what - to my mind , at least – makes one a '
Straussian ' .

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Between Eternities

But it is around the place of religion or myths in Strauss's teaching and his “
rediscovery ” of esoteric or secret writing that ... or the inexorable tension
between philosophy and revealed religion he found operating in Maimonides ; or
the need to ... This notion allowed some to be sympathetic to the claims of
everything from Democratic Socialism to Marxist Communism as Leo Strauss and
the Straussians 177.

Author: Gregory B. Smith

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Philosophy

Page: 657

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Between Eternities deals with the future of the tradition of political philosophy. The author argues that this tradition can only progress after the postmodernist fragmentation of political philosophy has been realized as part of the grander scheme of the history of Western thought.

Interpreters of Judaism in the Late Twentieth Century

authors , Strauss concluded that none of them had taken these pronouncements
seriously enough . ... the discovery or rediscovery of the fact that the great works
of medieval Jewish thought , above all Maimonides ' Guide of the Perplexed ,
were not ... 33 Moreover there is an additional way in which , according Leo
Strauss .

Author: Steven T. Katz

Publisher: Bnai Brith International Continuing

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 423

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These essays, written by a distinguished group of authors, explore the main thinkers of the time. Ranging a wide geographical expanse of the Jewish People, from Israel through Europe to America, this collection offers the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and sophisticated introduction available to contemporary Jewish thought.

Discourses on Strauss

Revelation and Reason in Leo Strauss and His Critical Study of Machiavelli Kim
A. Sorensen. : University of ork ... Maimonides , Moses . The Guide of the ...
Masters , Roger D . “ Rousseau and the Rediscovery of Nature . ” In The Legacy
of ...

Author: Kim A. Sorensen

Publisher:

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

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Leo Strauss has perhaps been more cited - and alternately vilified orrevered - in the last ten years than during the productive years of hisscholarly life. He has been blamed (or credited) for providing theintellectual underpinnings of a generation of neoconservatives in politicalphilosophy and foreign policy. But though he may be cast as aconservative thinker who critiques modernity, to interpret himexclusively in this light is to reduce him in ways that his self-definition, as a political theorist open to both religion and philosophy, does notjustify. Kim A. Sorensen clearly lays out the debate surroundingStrauss by reviewing his published work and legacy since his death in1973. He then turns to a key distinction in Strauss's thought - betweenrevelation and reason, or religion and philosophy

New German Critique

Strauss's recognition of the political value of the protection of life was consistent
with the protection of his own life in England and America , and involved ... the
rediscovery of esoteric writing involved seeking hidden layers inside the text itself
and emphasized the importance of “ persecution ” and the ... Leo Strauss , “ The
Literary Character of the Guide for the Perplexed , ” in Essays on Maimonides ,
ed .

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New Makers of Modern Culture

1438 STRAUSS , Leo wider public introducing themes from Wagner's Tristan und
Isolde to Vienna for the first time and giving the première of an early Tchaikovsky
composition in Pavlovsk . ... to him by his rediscovery of the true nature of
Platonic political philosophy , which he partly learned from such students of the
classics as Farabi , Averroes and Maimonides ( see below , Philosophie und
Gesetz ) .

Author: Justin Wintle

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780415425537

Category: Social Science

Page: 1759

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"An abridgement of the two-volume reference set New makers of modern culture (2006), which in turn was a re-compilation of two earlier volumes, Makers of modern culture (1981) and Makers of nineteenth century culture (1982)"--Introduction.


Dissent and Philosophy in the Middle Ages

On this question , see Leo Strauss , “ On a Forgotten Kind of Writing , ” in What Is
Political Philosophy ?, 223-224 . See also Maimonides , The Guide of the
Perplexed , Introduction , 96–12a Munk . 52. See , by way of ... 1953 ) , 233–247 .
CHAPTER TWO Islam and the Rediscovery of Political Philosophy The 22 ~
Chapter One.

Author: Ernest L. Fortin

Publisher:

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Category: Philosophy

Page: 182

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Dissent and Philosophy in the Middle Ages offers scholars of Dante's Divine Comedy an integral understanding of the political, philosophical, and religious context of the medieval masterwork. First penned in French by Ernest L. Fortin, one of America's foremost thinkers in the fields of philosophy and theology, Dissidence et philosophie au moyen-âge brings to light the complexity of Dante's thought and art, and its relation to the central themes of Western civilization. Available in English for the first time through this superb translation by Marc A. LePain, Dissent and Philosophy will make a supremely important contribution to the discussion of Dante as poet, theologian, and philosopher.