Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire Anne Norton
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- Publication date:
- 04 Oct 2005
- 256 pages: 210 x 140 x 18mm
The 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 emigre, 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.
Anne Norton, professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, is also the author of 95 Theses on Politics, Culture, and Method, published by Yale University Press.
"gorgeously written and fascinating in its own right... overall, it illuminates current ideology from a novel and useful angle" Steven Poole, The Guardian "Well-informed and witty." Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., New York Review of Books "[Norton's] most impressive achievement is to demonstrate how far the ideas we associate with Straussians have strayed from Strauss's ideas." Alan Wolfe, New York Times Book Review "Has the flavor of an amusing tell-all... a sort of critical field guide to Straussians." New Yorker"
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