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Author Keedus, Liisi
Title The crisis of German historicism : the early political thought of Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss / Liisi Keedus, University of Helsinki
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015
book jacket
 Modern History Library  901 K26    DUE 11-01-21    30550100581600
 RCHSS Library  JA84.G3 K44 2015    DUE 11-01-21    30560400469604
Descript ix, 222 pages ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
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Series Ideas in context ; 109
Ideas in context ; 109
Note "The Crisis of German Historicism Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss - two major political thinkers of the twentieth century, both of German- Jewish background and forced into exile in America - were never friends or intellectual interlocutors. Yet they shared a radical critique of contemporary idioms of politically oriented discourses and a lifelong effort to modify reflective approaches to political experience. Liisi Keedus reveals how Arendt's and Strauss's thinking about political modernity was the product of a common intellectual formation in Weimar Germany, by examining the cross-disciplinary debates guiding their early work. Through a historical reconstruction of their shared interrogative horizons - comprising questions regarding the possibility of an ethically engaged political philosophy after two world wars, the political fate of Jewry, the implications of modern conceptions of freedom, and the relation between theoria and praxis - Keedus unravels striking similarities, as well as genuine antagonisms, between the two thinkers"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 196-220) and index
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. The untimely generation; 2. The problem of politics in Arendt's and Strauss' early writings; 3. History and political understanding: an ambivalent symbiosis; 4. Liberalism and modernity: rethinking the question of the 'proud'; 5. Retrieving the problem of theoria and praxis: the antagonisms; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index
Subject Political science -- Germany -- Philosophy
Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975
Strauss, Leo
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