Leo Strauss and Straussian Witchcraft

Back in grad school I was a big fan of Leo Strauss. His books are a welcome gateway drug into classical political philosophy. He was also a great teacher. Generations of his students, following in what they see as his footsteps, have produced their own good works: studies, commentaries, and translations of important writings.

But some followers of Leo Strauss give the impression that they are parroting his dogmatic statements, rather than thinking them through. My latest publication is a lighthearted reflection on that tendency of a subset of Straussians to hypnotize themselves with Strauss’s mantras. It’s also a reflection on the relationship between moderation and philosophy.

You might also enjoy watching this video on Strauss’s essay called “German Nihilism” or browse the writings on his thought available here.