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Author Green, Kenneth Hart, 1953- author.

Title Leo Strauss and the rediscovery of Maimonides / Kenneth Hart Green
Published Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource
Contents The unanticipated Maimonides -- Strauss and irony : bypassing the Maimonidean scholars -- Maimonides and the free mind -- Untying the literary knots : Maimonides the poet -- Why the moderns need the medievals -- Absorbing and surpassing the alternatives -- The Maimonidean revolution : Western tradition as reason and revelation
Summary In Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides, Kenneth Hart Green explores the critical role played by Maimonides in shaping Leo Strauss's thought. In uncovering the esoteric tradition employed in Maimonides's Guide of the Perplexed, Strauss made the radical realization that other ancient and medieval philosophers might be concealing their true thoughts through literary artifice. Maimonides and al-Farabi, he saw, allowed their message to be altered by dogmatic considerations only to the extent required by moral and political imperatives and were in fact avid advocates for enlightenment. Strauss also revealed Maimonides's potential relevance to contemporary concerns, especially his paradoxical conviction that one must confront the conflict between reason and revelation rather than resolve it. An invaluable companion to Green's comprehensive collection of Strauss's writings on Maimonides, this volume shows how Strauss confronted the commonly accepted approaches to the medieval philosopher, resulting in both a new understanding of Maimonides and a new depth and direction for his own thought. It will be welcomed by anyone engaged with the work of either philosopher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Strauss, Leo
Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204 -- Influence
Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. fast (OCoLC)fst00029218
Strauss, Leo. fast (OCoLC)fst00039644
Subject Philosophy, American -- 20th century.
Jewish philosophy -- To 1500.
PHILOSOPHY -- Eastern.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Jewish philosophy.
Philosophy, American.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780226307039