Lectures to examine work of Leo Strauss
An examination of the work of political philosopher and former University faculty member Leo Strauss will continue with two lectures this winter organized by the John M. Olin Center for Inquiry Into the Theory and Practice of Democracy. The lectures will be held at 4 p.m. in Social Sciences 122.
Steven Smith (Ph.D.'81), professor of political science at Yale, will present "Destruktion or Recovery? Leo Strauss' Critique of Heidegger" on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Peter Berkowitz, assistant professor of government at Harvard, will present a lecture focusing on Nietzsche and the legacy of Strauss on Thursday, March 3.
Strauss was the Robert M. Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science at the University from 1959 to 1967. Among his many influential books on political philosophy are "Natural Right and History," "Persecution and the Art of Writing," "Thoughts on Machiavelli" and "On Tyranny."