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Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History
Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History
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Jeffrey A. Bernstein - Author
SUNY series in the Thought and Legacy of Leo Strauss
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Hardcover - 258 pages
Release Date: June 2015
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5651-5

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Release Date: January 2016
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5652-2

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Explores how the thought of Leo Strauss amounts to a model for thinking about the connection between philosophy, Jewish thought, and history.

In Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History, Jeffrey A. Bernstein explores how the thought of Leo Strauss amounts to a model for thinking about the connection between philosophy, Jewish thought, and history. For Bernstein, Strauss shows that a close study of the history of philosophy—from the “ancients” to “medievals” to “moderns”—is necessary for one to appreciate the fundamental distinction between the forms of life Strauss terms “Jerusalem” and “Athens,” that is, order through revealed Law and free philosophical thought, respectively. Through an investigation of Strauss’s published texts; examination of his intellectual biography and history; and making use of correspondence, archival materials, and seminar transcripts, Bernstein shows how Strauss’s concern with the relation between Judaism and philosophy spanned his entire career. His findings will be of use to those interested in the thought of Strauss, the history of Jewish thought, and the relation between religion, philosophy, and politics.

“Bernstein poses fundamental questions about Strauss by situating him as one of the Jewish thinkers of his time, the twentieth-century critical period that separates modern Judaism from what comes after. Bernstein avoids the cheap historicism of claiming that it is this situation that defines or limits Strauss. Rather, he, uniquely, shows the ways in which Strauss leads us to think by presenting himself in dialogue with these rival thinkers.” — Review of Politics

“…[a] valuable contribution to the ongoing engagement with the thought of Leo Strauss.” — CHOICE

Jeffrey A. Bernstein is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction

Part I. On the Way to Jerusalem and Athens

1. The Theological-Political Problem, Strauss’s Critique of Modern “Jewish Philosophy,” and the Legacy of Kant

2. Strauss’s Maimonides

Part II. Jerusalem and Athens in Deed

3. Philosophy as a Platonic Dialogue, or Jerusalem and Athens in Jerusalem

4. The Theological-Political Significance of “What Is Political Philosophy?”

Part III. Conclusion

5. The Transmission of Philosophy as a Way of Life: Maimonides Viewed Through a Spinozan Lens

Notes
Bibliography
Index


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