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Leo Strauss, 1899–1973

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Následující esej jsem napsal v 90. letech jako doktorand, ne v rámci svých studijních povinností, ale spíš abych si ujasnil své myšlenky ohledně čtení filozofických textů v rámci přípravy k psaní své vlastní doktorské disertační práce. Jen těžko dokážu uvěřit, že jsem míval dostatek volného času na to, abych psal eseje o skoro osmi tisících slovech „do šuplíku,“ ale důkaz máte před sebou. Read more …

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Greg Johnson on Leo Strauss, Liberalism, & More on The Daily Shoah

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I joined The Daily Shoah Death Panel for a wide-ranging discussion on Leo Strauss, liberalism, and Khantrived Khan Khantroversy, and much more. To listen, click here.

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Zootopia:
Persecution and the Art of Screenwriting

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Leo Strauss, in his 1952 book, Persecution and the Art of Writing, argues that great writers tend to write with multiple levels of meaning. Often writers have an exoteric message to avoid displeasing the king, censors, or fashion of the times. At the same time, they maintain an esoteric message concealed within irony, paradoxes, and even deliberate self-contradiction.  Read more …

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Escuela de Postgrado con Heidegger

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La mejor decisión que tomé en mi vida fue conseguir un doctorado en filosofía. Aprendí sobre las preguntas más importantes, y estudié los intentos más profundos en responderlas, y obtuve las herramientas y el compromiso para buscar la verdad, y me volví mejor, es decir, un hombre más sabio en el proceso.  Read more …

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Graduate School with Heidegger

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The best decision I ever made was to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy. I learned about the most important questions, I studied the most profound attempts to answer them, I acquired both the tools and the commitment to pursue the truth, and I became a better—that is, wiser—man in the process.  Read more …

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Greg Johnson Interviews F. Roger Devlin on Alexandre Kojève & the End of History

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Alexandre Kojève in 1922

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The following text is the transcript by V. S. of my conversation with F. Roger Devlin about Alexandre Kojève (1902–1968) and the end of history. To listen to the audio in a player, click here. To download the mp3, right-click here and choose “save target or link as.” To subscribe to our podcasts, click here.  Read more …

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Between Two Lampshades
Michael Enoch Interviews Greg Johnson, Part 1

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What follows is the transcript by V. S. of Michael Enoch’s Between Two Lampshades interview with Greg Johnson on The Right Stuff Read more …

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The Straussian Assault on America’s European Heritage

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Grant Havers
Leo Strauss and Anglo-American Democracy: A Conservative Critique
Northern Illinois University Press, 2013

A main pillar sustaining the practice of mass immigration is that Western nations are inherently characterized by a “civic” form of national membership. Western nations express the “natural” wishes of “man as man” for equal rights, rule of law, freedom of expression, and private property. Read more …

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The Jew as Citizen:
Raymond Aron & Civic Nationalism, Part 3

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“The Political Masterpiece”: Aron as Jew and Citizen, 1967–1983  Read more …

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Leo Strauss, the Conservative Revolution, & National Socialism, Part 3

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In the previous installment of this series, I examined Leo Strauss’s argument that the roots of what he called “German nihilism” — including National Socialism — were not nihilistic. Instead, it is rooted in a moral critique of the modern world. In this installment, I examine his argument that these non-nihilistic motives gave rise to nihilism because of certain contingent historical circumstances.  Read more …

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Introduction to Plato’s Republic, Part 2

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The following text is based on a transcript by V. S. of a lecture on Plato’s Republic. As usual, I have edited his transcript to remove excessive wordiness and corrected a couple of small mistakes.  

Plato writes in his Seventh Letter that he never set forth his own philosophy in any of his writings. That’s a pretty extraordinary statement for one of our greatest philosophers to make. Read more …

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Paul Gottfried’s Leo Strauss & the Conservative Movement in America

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Paul Edward Gottfried
Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America: A Critical Appraisal
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012

Paul Gottfried’s admirable book on Leo Strauss is an unusual and welcome critique from the Right.

Leo Strauss (1899–1973) was a German-born Jewish political theorist who moved to the United States in 1937. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 79 
An Introduction to Plato’s Republic, Part 2

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 78 
Greg Johnson Interviews F. Roger Devlin on Alexandre Kojève & the End of History

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Tito Perdue’s Morning Crafts

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Tito Perdue
Morning Crafts
London: Arktos, 2012

At the end of After Virtue, Alasdair MacIntyre concludes that modern civilization is bankrupt, and modern intellectual and political traditions are incapable of understanding and rectifying this decadence. He does not, however, counsel generalized pessismism, for once modernity expires of its own corruptions a new age will begin. Read more …

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Leo Strauss, the Conservative Revolution, & National Socialism, Part 2

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The second installment of this essay was delayed because I had to acquire, read, and digest a major new book before I could move forward: William F. Altman’s The German Stranger: Leo Strauss and National Socialism (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2012), which argues that Strauss was indeed a kind of “Nazi” Jew Read more …

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Notes on Liberal Democracy & its Alternative

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Carl Schmitt, 1888–1985

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The political regime under which much of the world labours (and the entire Western world) is called “Liberal Democracy.” Francis Fukuyama has praised the ever widening expansion of this regime over the globe as “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and [it consists in] the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”[1] The source of Fukuyama’s thesis, the Russian Hegelian Marxist, Alexandre Kojève, called this End State the “universal and homogeneous state”: it is the ultimate goal of both Liberalism and Communism.  Read more …

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Leo Strauss, the Conservative Revolution, & National Socialism, Part 1

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“What [Walter Moses] calls ‘political’ is the political in the ancient sense of the word, rather than in the modern sense that is relevant for us. What is hidden behind this absolute negation of the sphere of the ‘private’ is not a modern Leviathan, but rather its pagan-fascist counterpart . . .”

—Leo Strauss, 1923[1]

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Strauss on Persecution & the Art of Writing

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Leo Strauss, 1899–1973

Leo Strauss, 1899–1973

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I wrote the following essay in the 1990s while in graduate school. It was not written for a class, but merely to clarify my thinking on how to read philosophical texts in anticipation of writing my doctoral dissertation. Read more …

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