in Reading Leo Strauss

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780226764023
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226763903 | DOI:

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This chapter focuses on Leo Strauss, a German-Jewish émigré and the product of the pre-World War I Gymnasium. Strauss studied at several universities, finally taking his doctorate at Hamburg in 1921. He was a research assistant at an institute for Jewish research in Berlin before leaving Germany in 1932 to settle first in England and later in the United States, where he taught principally at the New School for Social Research in New York and later at the University of Chicago. It was during his period in Chicago that Strauss had his greatest influence. He was, by most accounts, a compelling teacher, and, like all good teachers, attracted students, many of whom came to regard themselves as part of a distinctive school. By the time of his death in 1973, Strauss had written more than a dozen books and around one hundred articles and reviews.

Keywords: Leo Strauss; Berlin; World War I; German-Jewish émigré; Chicago; University of Chicago

Chapter.  8535 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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