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Maynooth Philosophical Papers

Volume 7, 2013

Stephan Steiner
Pages 59-68
DOI: 10.5840/mpp201377

German Nihilism. Leo Strauss’ Philosophical Realignment

In the following article I attempt to outline the transformation of Leo Strauss’s political thought during his first years in New York. The lecture ‘German Nihilism’ presents an ideal opportunity to identify Strauss’s philosophical realignments in the transition from the Weimar Republic to his American exile. Rendering visible the historical and biographical context of his philosophical arguments allow us to reflect on their political implications.