Leo Strauss

Philosopher, Academic

1899 – 1973

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Who was Leo Strauss?

Leo Strauss was a German–American political philosopher and classicist who specialized in classical political philosophy. He was born in Germany to Jewish parents and later emigrated to the United States. He spent most of his career as a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, where he taught several generations of students and published fifteen books.

Originally trained in the neo-Kantian tradition with Ernst Cassirer and immersed in the work of the phenomenologists Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, Strauss later focused his research on the Greek texts of Plato and Aristotle, retracing their interpretation through medieval Islamic and Jewish philosophy and encouraging the application of those ideas to contemporary political theory.

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Born
Sep 20, 1899
Kirchhain
Also known as
  • Λίο Στράους
  • Λήο Στράους
Religion
  • Atheism
  • Judaism
Ethnicity
  • Germans
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • Doctorate, University of Hamburg
    Philosophy
    ( - 1921)
  • Gymnasium Philippinum
Employment
  • Akademie für die Wissenschaft des Judentums
    ( - 1932)
  • Research Fellow, Columbia University
    (1937 - 1938)
  • The New School for Social Research
    (1938 - 1948)
  • University of Chicago
    (1949 - 1969)
  • Claremont McKenna College
    (1969 - 1970)
  • Scott Buchanan Distinguished Scholar in Residence, St. John's College
    (1970 - 1973)
Died
Oct 18, 1973
Annapolis

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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