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Strauss, Leo

Born: 1899 AD
Died: 1973 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Philosophers

1899 – Born on September 20th in Kirhhain, Germany. German-born American political philosopher and interpreter of classical political theory. Patron saint of Neoconservatism.

1921 – Received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg.

1925-1932 – He was a research assistant at the Academy for Jewish Research, Berlin, and then worked as a Rockefeller fellow in England and France.

         – He wrote "The Political Philosophy of Hobbes: Its Basis and Its Genesis" (demonstrating Thomas Hobbes’ indebtedness to Machiavelli), "On Tyranny: An Interpretation of Xenophon’s Hiero", "Persecution and the Art of Writing" (arguing for necessity of reading between the lines to interpret texts written in non-free societies), "Natural Rights and History", "Thoughts on Machiavelli", "What Is Political Philosophy? and Other Studies", "The City and Man", "Socrates and Aristophanes", "Liberalism: Ancient and Modern", "Xenophon’s Socrates", "The Argument and the Action of Plato’s Laws", "Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy".

1938 – He immigrated to the United States in 1938 (naturalized after 6 years) and served as a professor of political science at the New School for Social Research, New York City, the University of Chicago (1949–68),

1948-1963 – Among his more noted works are On Tyranny; Natural Right and History, widely praised for its scholarly incisiveness; Persecution and the Art of Writing; and "What Is Political Philosophy?".

         – He also coedited History of Political Philosophy.

         – He was a professor at University of Chicago.

1968 – He taught at Claremont (California) Men’s College.

1969 – He was a professor at St. John’s College, Annapolis.

1973 – He died on October 18th in Annapolis, Maryland.