"Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was the greatest mind in political philosophy in the twentieth century, and possibly in other centuries as well. That, I am well aware, is a judgment I share with very few, if any." So writes Harry V. Jaffa in his epilogue to this volume. Including an extensive unpublished essay entitled "Straussian Geography: A Memoir and Commentary," Crisis of the Strauss Divided brings together a collection of Jaffa's published arguments defending and explaining that judgment, written during the 40 years since Strauss's death. The volume includes arguments of those who have disagreed with Jaffa about Strauss's teaching and about the nature of political philosophy. These wide ranging exchanges explore many of the great themes of political philosophy and, in particular, the implications of Strauss's thinking for America and modern civilization.
Harry V. Jaffa is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Political Philosophy Emeritus at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University, a distinguished fellow of the Claremont Institute, and the author of ten books.
Introduction Preface Chapter 1: Straussian Geography: A Memoir and Commentary Chapter 2: Leo Strauss Remembered Chapter 3: Political Philosophy and Honor: The Leo Strauss Dissertation Award Chapter 4: The Legacy of Leo Strauss: Review of Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy Chapter 5: The Platonism of Leo Strauss: A Reply to Harry Jaffa Chapter 6: "The Legacy of Leo Strauss" Defended Chapter 7: The Politics of Moderation: Strauss's Esotericism Chapter 8: Leo Strauss's Churchillian Speech and the Question of the Decline of the West Chapter 9: Response to M.F. Burnyeat's "Sphinx Without a Secret," A Review of Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy in the New York Review of Books Chapter 10: "Dear Professor Drury" Chapter 11: Crisis of the Strauss Divided: The Legacy Reconsidered Chapter 12: Leo Strauss, the Bible, and Political Philosophy Chapter 13: A Letter to the Editor of the New York Review of Books, 1992 Chapter 14: "Relativism" Chapter 15: Strauss at 100 Chapter 16: Moral Order in the Western Tradition: Harry Jaffa's Grand Synthesis of Athens, Jerusalem, and Peoria Chapter 17: Too Good to be True? A Reply to Robert Kraynak's "Moral Order in the Western Tradition: Harry Jaffa's Grand Synthesis of Athens, Jerusalem, and Peoria" Chapter 18: Jaffa's New Birth: Harry Jaffa at Ninety Chapter 19: A Reply to Michael Zuckert's "Jaffa's New Birth: Harry Jaffa at Ninety" Chapter 20: Epilogue to Crisis of the Strauss Divided