Leo Strauss and Nietzsche

Laurence Lampert


Leo Strauss and Nietzsche

Leo Strauss and Nietzsche

  • Title: Leo Strauss and Nietzsche
  • Author: Laurence Lampert
  • ISBN: 9780226468266
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback



The influential political philosopher Leo Strauss has been credited by conservatives with the recovery of the great tradition of political philosophy stretching back to Plato Among Strauss s most enduring legacies is a strongly negative assessment of Nietzsche as the modern philosopher most at odds with that tradition and most responsible for the sins of twentieth centuryThe influential political philosopher Leo Strauss has been credited by conservatives with the recovery of the great tradition of political philosophy stretching back to Plato Among Strauss s most enduring legacies is a strongly negative assessment of Nietzsche as the modern philosopher most at odds with that tradition and most responsible for the sins of twentieth century culture relativism, godlessness, nihilism, and the breakdown of family values In fact, this apparent denunciation has become so closely associated with Strauss that it is often seen as the very core of his thought.In Leo Strauss and Nietzsche, the eminent Nietzsche scholar Laurence Lampert offers a controversial new assessment of the Strauss Nietzsche connection Lampert undertakes a searching examination of the key Straussian essay, Note on the Plan of Nietzsche s Beyond Good and Evil He shows that this essay, written toward the end of Strauss s life and placed at the center of his final work, reveals an affinity for and debt to Nietzsche greater than Strauss s followers allow Lampert argues that the essay comprises the most important interpretation of Nietzsche ever published, one that clarifies Nietzsche s conception of nature and of human spiritual history and demonstrates the logical relationship between the essential themes in Nietzsche s thought the will to power and the eternal return.


Recent Comments "Leo Strauss and Nietzsche"

Review:January 2009Nietzsche, Strauss, and PhilosophyTo begin with, I will start by noting that this book contains a commentary by Lampert on the essay 'Note on the Plan of Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil"' written by Leo Strauss. It also contains the original essay by Strauss. This is a wonderful place to begin to learn of the 'political' esotericism of the philosophers. Lampert is probably the most insistent, and easily the most informed, voice (among admirers of Strauss) maintaining that th [...]

Every Nietzsche reader interested in his contemporary political relevance and presence must read this. Lampert writes with combination of clarity, persuasiveness, and a passionate spirit of inquiry on this subject that is rarely seen today.

This book regrounds the political perspective of Nietzsche through an analysis of moral codes in Strauss interpretation of Nietzsche. Still reading

Leo Strauss is a Nietzschean.


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