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By Laurence Lampert

The Enduring significance of Leo Strauss takes at the the most important job of keeping apart what's actually vital within the paintings of Leo Strauss from the ephemeral politics linked to his college. Laurence Lampert specializes in exotericism: using crafty rhetoric to at the same time speak a socially dependable message to the general public at huge and a extra radical message of philosophic fact to a smaller, extra intellectually vulnerable viewers. mostly forgotten after the Enlightenment, exotericism, he exhibits, deeply expert Strauss either as a reader and as a philosophic writer—indeed, Lampert argues, Strauss discovered from the best practitioners of exoteric writing find out how to turn into one himself.

Examining a few of Strauss’s most crucial books and essays via this exoteric lens, Lampert reevaluates not just Strauss however the philosophers—from Plato to Halevi to Nietzsche—with whom Strauss such a lot deeply engaged. finally Lampert indicates that Strauss’s recognized contrast among historical and glossy thinkers is essentially rhetorical, one of many nice examples of Strauss’s exoteric craft. Celebrating Strauss’s achievements whereas spotting one major shortcoming—unlike Nietzsche, he didn't take pleasure in the ramifications of recent traditional technological know-how for philosophy and its public presentation—Lampert illuminates Strauss as having even larger philosophic significance than we have now inspiration before. 

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