Leo Strauss: The Political Philosopher as a Young Zionist

  title={Leo Strauss: The Political Philosopher as a Young Zionist},
  author={Jerry Z. Muller},
  journal={Jewish Social Studies},
  pages={115 - 88}
Recent scholarship on the young Leo Strauss has tended to overlook, downplay, or misunderstand the significance of Strauss's Zionism for the development of his interest in the nature of political life, not least because it fails to note the influence of political Zionist thinkers, especially Leon Pinsker and Theodor Herzl, on his assumptions. Strauss's Zionism was resolutely secular and critical of the influence of religious Orthodoxy, cultural Zionism, and liberal humanitarianism, all of which… 
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