The first statement, a published lecture, predictably demotes Thucydides to the subordinate status of a pre-Socratic. Strauss himself is often painted as unfriendly to religion and unambiguously hostile to a historical view of philosophy. To reach this conclusion, a good deal of work is needed. Strauss looks back to Thucydides to find a pre-modern historical approach that can help navigate around the problems that the new history, or historicism, has created.
Jerusalem and Athens (Oct. 25 and Nov. 8 1950)
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The Seven Deadly Sins. Tala Strauss wrote the winning essay, "Acedia" below. Kyra Sliwinski and Mark Whitfield received honorable mentions. The first time I had a conversation about the deadly sin acedia , or sloth, was one early June morning in the woods.
Between Athens and Jerusalem
L eo Strauss is the thinker who in the last few decades has contributed the most to the renewed examination of the polarity between Athens and Jerusalem, reason and revelation. Tertullian famously stressed this contrast to the benefit of Jerusalem rather than Athens, but Strauss brings to the examination of this polarity an emphatically impartial spirit—so impartial that it seems impossible to say where he stands. Christianity would then appear to be the impure mixture of a theoretical activity that is not really free and of an obedience that is not truly humble. However, his notion of revelation is not built simply according to the Jewish model.
This book argues that tensions between Jewish and Christian doctrine may be lessened if texts are regarded as philosophical frameworks of exploration as opposed to ethical commitments. Collins Publisher: Wm. One of the most creative and consequential collisions in Western culture involved the encounter of Judaism with Hellenism. Collins examines the literature of Hellenistic Judaism, treating not only the introductory questions of date, authorship, and provenance but also the larger question of Jewish identity in the Greco-Roman world. First published in , this landmark study by one of the world's leading experts in Hellinistic Judaism is now fully revised and updated to take into account the best of recent scholarship.