Portland State University. Department of History
David A. Johnson
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in History
1 online resource (xv, 112 p.)
Leo Strauss, Existentialism, Historicism
Leo Strauss resurrected a life-approach of the ancient Greeks and reformulated it as an alternative to the existentialism of his age that grew out of a radicalized historicism. He attempted to resuscitate the tenability of a universal grounded in nature (nature understood in a comprehensive experiential sense not delimited to the physical, sensibly-perceived world alone) that was historically malleable. Through reengagement with Plato and Socrates and by addressing the basic premises built into the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger, Strauss resurrected poetry (art, or the mythos) that Enlightenment thinkers had discarded, and displayed its reasonableness on a par with the modern scientific approach as an animating informer of life. He thereby placed philosophy in a place subservient to poetry/the mythos, as had the ancients.
Stanford, Jennifer Renee, "Leo Strauss and the Problem of Sein: The Search for a "Universal Structure Common to All Historical Worlds"" (2010). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 91.