By Leo Strauss
Editor note: Edited with an advent via Kenneth Hart Green
This is the 1st ebook to compile the foremost essays and lectures of Leo Strauss within the box of contemporary Jewish suggestion.
It comprises a few of his most famed released writings, in addition to major writings that have been formerly unpublished.
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Indeed, they never asked whether << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index Leo Strauss as a M o d e r n Jewish Thinker 17 the need of Judaism to conform w i t h modern reason was fully rational and hence necessary, because it was never asked if modern reason was in itself fully rational and hence necessary. Further, they never raised the question of whether the conclusions of modern science and philosophy were as solid, as irrefutable, or as comprehensive as they claimed to be. A n d finally, the p r o b l e m never seems to have been addressed whether m o d e r n reason could ever be a fair and impartial judge of Judaism—that is, whether it possesses even the rational credibility and sufficiency to set itself up as an authoritative judge of Judaism.
Chapter >> 24 Home | TOC | Index Editor's Introduction However, that conviction d i d not lead h i m either to call for an embrace of irrationalism i n its ״ultramodern ״forms, or to argue for a supposedly simple ״rejection ״of reason i n favor of revelation, as this is k n o w n i n the m o d e r n Jewish tradition. But it d i d arouse i n h i m the n o t i o n of a reassessment of the theological value and rational t r u t h possibly still contained i n a premodern Jewish philosophic tradition of rational theology, whose w i s d o m may not have been entirely surpassed by modern Jewish thinkers like Cohen.
The mystique of Spinoza's life combined to issue in an even greater aura entirely unrelated to a sober assessment of his philosophic thought and its Jewish implications. Strauss acknowledged that this aura was somehow allowed to vindicate Spinoza's words and actions as a plainly unjust accuser against Judaism, since his supposedly ״pure" intentions are used to serve as an exoneration. A t the same time, Strauss detected that Spinoza's disloyalty as a Jew may not just be evidence of moral depravity, b u t may also be << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index Leo Strauss as a M o d e r n Jewish Thinker 13 derived from a much bigger political exigency he was involved in meeti n g — t h e need to destroy the ״m e d i e v a l " order.
Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity: Essays and Lectures in Modern Jewish Thought (SUNY Series, Jewish Writings of Strauss) by Leo Strauss