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ERIC Number: EJ811198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
Leo Strauss: Education and the Body Politic
Fennell, Jon M.; Simpson, Timothy L.
Critical Studies in Education, v49 n1 p49-65 Mar 2008
Leo Strauss is commonly cited as a seminal influence for the neoconservatism that, in the minds of many commentators, dominates the administration of George W. Bush. What intersection, if any, exists between Strauss's views and neoconservatism? This paper investigates that question by studying Strauss's writings on liberal education and assessing whether, and on what grounds, liberal education as conceived by Strauss is capable of the vital role which he assigns to it. In addressing this question the paper examines the work of Joseph Tussman, a contemporary of Strauss, as a means of elucidating the depth and distinctiveness of the Straussian project. The essay concludes that while Strauss may have much in common with the themes of neoconservatism, his priorities extend beyond the neoconservative agenda and, in some cases, run counter to it. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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