Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ius Honorarium peruses a book Straussians need to read, Richard Velkley’s Heidegger, Strauss, and the Premises of Philosophy: On Original Forgetting.
This book marks another in what I suspect will become a long line of studies on Strauss’ relationship to his one-time teacher, Martin Heidegger. Though Strauss never mentioned Heidegger in any of his formal published works, posthumously released letters and lectures reveals Strauss’ indebtedness to Heidegger in his youth and his muted confrontations with Heidegger in his mature works. Though the book comes in at 200 pages, it makes for slow reading. Even if Velkley’s treatment of Heidegger (and the Heideggerian Nietzsche) is light, his detailed analysis of Strauss’ correspondence on Heidegger is worth the price of admission.
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