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The Crisis of Liberal Democracy
A Straussian Perspective
The Crisis of Liberal Democracy
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Kenneth L. Deutsch - Editor
Walter Soffer - Editor
SUNY Series in Political Theory: Contemporary Issues
Hardcover - 320 pages
Release Date: January 1987
ISBN10: 0-88706-388-8
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-388-6

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Paperback - 320 pages
Release Date: January 1987
ISBN10: 0-88706-387-X
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-387-9

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The Crisis of Liberal Democracy is the first book devoted exclusively to Leo Strauss, one of the most influential and controversial political thinkers of the twentieth century. This work includes essays which illustrate and evaluate Strauss' teaching on natural right and the tradition of political philosophy and demonstrate how Strauss' perspectives have influenced European and American liberal theory. In keeping with Strauss' commitment to philosophical inquiry, essays critical of his work are included as well.

"This book challenges the primacy of the behavioral persuasion in political science, documents the influence of Leo Strauss, and provides ready access to a number of important articles." --Dante Germino, University of Virginia

At the State University of New York at Geneseo, Kenneth L. Deutsch is Professor of Political Science, and Walter Soffer is Associate Professor of Philosophy. Deutsch has written three books on political philosophy and constitutional rights and is preparing a book on Thomas Aquinas' political and legal philosophy. Soffer has written a forthcoming book on Descartes and published several articles on Descartes, Kant and Husserl.

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Table of Contents

Joseph Cropsey


I. The Work of Leo Strauss-- An Appraisal

An Overview
Leo Strauss: Three Quarrels, Three Questions, One Life
Michael Platt
On Natural Right
The Problem of Natural Right and the Fundamental Alternatives in Natural Right and History
Victor Gourevitch

Evolutionary Biology and Natural Right
Roger D. Masters
A Critique
Political Theory and Politics: The Case of LEo Strauss and Liberal Democracy
John. G. Gunnel

II. Issues in Liberalism

Strauss on Liberalism
Leo Strauss and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy
Hilail Gildin

A Reply to Gildin
Victor Gourevitch

A Response to Gourevitch
Hilail Gildlin
Straussian Applications
Aristotle and Machiavelli on Liberality
Richard H. Cox

Aristotle and the Moderns on Freedom and Equality
Laurence Berns

The Innocent, the Ignorant, and the Rational: The Content of Lockian Consent
Judith A. Best

Nihilism and Modern Democracy in the Thought of Nietzsche
Thomas L. Pangle

Why Wasn't Weber a Nihilist?
Robert Eden

III. Liberalism and the American Experience

Private Interest and Public Choice
The Crisis of Liberal Democracy: Liberality and Democratic Citizenship
Stephen G. Salkeve

Liberalism as the Aggregation of Individual Preferences: Problems of Coherence and Rationality in Social Choice
William T. Bluhm
Editors and Contributors

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