Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss: German Émigrés and American Political Thought After World War II

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Peter Graf Kielmansegg, Horst Mewes, Elisabeth Glaser-Schmidt
Cambridge University Press, Jun 13, 1997 - History - 224 pages
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This volume on Hannah Arendt's and Leo Strauss' impact on American political science after 1933 contains essays presented at an international conference held at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1991. The book explores the influence that Arendt's and Strauss' experiences of inter-war Germany had on their perception of democracy and their judgment of American liberal democracy. Although they represented different political attitudes, both thinkers interpreted the modern American political system as a response to totalitarianism. The contributors analyse how their émigré experience both influenced their American work and also had an impact on the formation of the discipline of political science in postwar Germany. Arendt's and Strauss' experiences thus aptly illustrate the transfer and transformation of political ideas in the World War II era.
 

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Contents

Hannah Arendt and the Theory of Democracy A Critical Reconstruction
11
The Questionable Influence of Arendt and Strauss
29
Hannah Arendt A GermanAmerican Jewess Views the United States and Looks Back to Germany
45
LEO STRAUSS
59
Reflections on Leo Strauss and American Education
61
Leo Strauss The Quest for Truth in Times of Perplexity
81
Leo Strauss and Martin Heidegger Greek Antiquity and the Meaning of Modernity
105
Leo Strauss German Origin and American Impact
121
The Modem World of Leo Strauss
139
Discussion
163
The American Experience
171
Views on Democracy
182
Select Bibliography of Works by Arendt and by Strauss on Modern Political Science and Philosophy
191
Index
201
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