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Recovering Political Philosophy

The Strauss-Krüger Correspondence

Returning to Plato through Kant

Editors: Shell, Susan Meld (Ed.)

  • Offers an accessible entry point to understanding the development of Leo Strauss' influential political philosophy
  • Presents the first translation of Leo Strauss' letters with Gerhard Krüger, a student of Heidegger and fellow modern Platonist, with commentary by leading Strauss scholars
  • Sheds new light on Leo Strauss' connection with the Kantian tradition
  • Casts new and important light on the broader question of the conflict between reason and revelation, as well as the possibility of a philosophical theology relevant to the present
  • Focuses on an exceptionally fraught period of 20th century political and intellectual European history
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About this book

This book presents the first full translation of the correspondence of Leo Strauss and Gerhard Krüger, showing for each the development of key and influential ideas, along with seven interpretative essays by leading Strauss scholars. During the early to mid-1930’s, Leo Strauss carried on an intense, and sometimes deeply personal, correspondence with one of the leading intellectual lights among Heidegger’s circle of recent students and younger associates. A fellow traveler in the effort to “return to Plato” and reject neo-Kantian conventions of the day, Krüger was also a serious student of Rudolf Bultmann and the neo-orthodox movement in which Strauss also took an early interest. During the most intense years of their correspondence, each underwent significant intellectual development: in Krüger’s case, through a penetrating series of studies of Kant and Descartes, respectively, ultimately leading to Krüger’s conversion to Catholicism; and, in Strauss’s case, through the complex stages of what he subsequently called his “reorientation,” involving what he for the first time calls “political philosophy.” Readers interested in tracing the development of Strauss’s thoughts regarding a theological alternative that he found helpfully challenging—if not ultimately compelling—will find this correspondence to be an accessible point of entry.

About the authors

Susan M. Shell is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Boston College, USA. She is the author of Kant and the Limits of Autonomy (2009), The Embodiment of Reason: Kant on Spirit, Generation and Community (1996), The Rights of Reason: A Study of Kant's Philosophy and Politics (1980). She is also the co-editor (with Robert Faulkner) of America at Risk: Threats to Liberal Self-Government in an Age of Uncertainty (2009). 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Editor’s Introduction

    Shell, Susan M.

    Pages 1-11

  • Leo Strauss: Gerhard Krüger Correspondence 1928–1962

    Veith, Jerome (et al.)

    Pages 13-88

  • The Light Shed on the Crucial Development of Strauss’s Thought by His Correspondence with Gerhard Krüger

    Pangle, Thomas L.

    Pages 89-103

  • The Example of Socrates: The Correspondence Between Leo Strauss and Gerhard Krüger

    Janssens, David

    Pages 105-123

  • “Zurück zu Plato!” But, Which Plato?: The Return to Plato by Gerhard Krüger and Leo Strauss

    Tanguay, Daniel

    Pages 125-142

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-74201-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-74200-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Strauss-Krüger Correspondence
Book Subtitle
Returning to Plato through Kant
Editors
  • Susan Meld Shell
Series Title
Recovering Political Philosophy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74201-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74201-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74200-7
Series ISSN
2524-7166
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 237
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