Leo Strauss and the Alethiometer

  • James E. Montgomery
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées book series (ARCH, volume 211)


This article by a non-Straussian sets out to think about Leo Strauss’s theories of how to read Islamic philosophical texts. It considers the main components of Strauss’s hermeneutics and investigates in detail his presentation of his theory of persecution, provides a brief overview of the principal criticisms of Strauss’s approach to the history of philosophy, ponders the ramifications of this debate for reading philosophical texts and attempts to place this unique set of ideas in an early twentieth century perspective.


Political Community Close Reading Model Reader Arabic Text Independent Thought 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity HallCambridge UniversityCambridgeUK

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