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Author Wurgaft, Benjamin Aldes, author

Title Thinking in public : Strauss, Levinas, Arendt / Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft
Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 304 pages)
Series Intellectual history of the modern age
Intellectual history of the modern age.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Introduction -- Part I. Leo Strauss and the Problem of “The Intellectual” -- Chapter 1. Moderns and Medievals -- Chapter 2. The Exoteric Writing Thesis -- Chapter 3. Natural Right and Tyranny -- Part II. The Dog at the End of the Verse: Emmanuel Levinas Between Ethics and Engagement -- Chapter 4. Growth of a Moralist -- Chapter 5. Resisting Engagement -- Chapter 6. Witnessing -- Part III. Against Speechless Wonder: Hannah Arendt on Philosophers and Intellectuals -- Chapter 7. Arendt's Weimar Origins -- Chapter 8. From the Camps to Galileo -- Chapter 9. One More Strange Island -- Part IV. A Missed Conversation -- Chapter 10. Toward a Jewish Socrates? -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Index -- Acknowledgments
Summary "Long before we began to speak of "public intellectuals," the ideas of "the public" and "the intellectual" raised consternation among many European philosophers and political theorists. 'Thinking in Public' examines the ambivalence these linked ideas provoked in the generation of European Jewish thinkers born around 1900. By comparing the lives and works of Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Levinas, and Leo Strauss, who grew up in the wake of the Dreyfus Affair and studied with the philosopher-and sometime National Socialist-Martin Heidegger, Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft offers a strikingly new perspective on the relationship between philosophers and politics. Rather than celebrate or condemn the figure of the intellectual, Wurgaft argues that the stories we tell about intellectuals and their publics are useful barometers of our political hopes and fears. What ideas about philosophy itself, and about the public's capacity for reasoned discussion, are contained in these stories? And what work do we think philosophers and other thinkers can and should accomplish in the world beyond the classroom?"--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975 -- Political and social views.
Lévinas, Emmanuel -- Political and social views.
Strauss, Leo -- Political and social views.
Intellectuals -- Political activity -- Germany -- 20th century -- History.
Philosophy -- Political aspects.
Philosophy, German -- 20th century.
Political science -- Philosophy.
Germany -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0812292413
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)