Sunday, November 06, 2016
Politico on the bi-coastal schism of the right.
We all know who opposes Trump in the conservative world. But who is in favor of him? A close examination of the Scholars and Writers petition suggests that Trump has highlighted a cleavage little understood outside the most academic conservative circles—a feud between East Coast and the West Coast Straussians, one with origins decades ago, in a split between followers of the University of Chicago political philosopher Leo Strauss. Strauss was devoted to studying and seeing the wisdom of the ancients—as opposed to moderns like Nietzsche and Heidegger.
It was Nietzsche and Heidegger's studies of the ancients that inspired Strauss to do his own hermeneutics of political thought in antiquity and since. Strauss wrote against the ideas of Popper, scientism, historicism, relativism, and so on.
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