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Title: Between Conservatism and Utopia, or, Leo Strauss’s Quest for a Nonpolitical Foundation of the Political
Authors: Chacón, Rodrigo
Keywords: Leo StraussEdmund Husserlphenomenologypolitical philosophynatureunpolitical
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Rodrigo Chacón, "Between Conservatism and Utopia, or, Leo Strauss’s Quest for a Nonpolitical Foundation of the Political" in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2019) XXI/3", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2019, pp. 93-114
Journal: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 
Abstract: 
Leo Strauss has been read as the author of a paradoxically nonpolitical political philosophy. This
reading finds extensive support in Strauss’s work, notably in the claim that political life leads beyond
itself to contemplation and in the limits this imposes on politics. Yet the space of the nonpolitical in
Strauss remains elusive. The “nonpolitical” understood as the natural, Strauss suggests, is the “foundation
of the political”. But the meaning of “nature” in Strauss is an enigma: it may refer either to
the “natural understanding” of commonsense, or to nature “as intended by natural science,” or to
“unchangeable and knowable necessity.” As a student of Husserl, Strauss sought both to retrieve and
radically critique both the “natural understanding” and the “naturalistic” worldview of natural science.
He also cast doubt on the very existence of an unchangeable nature. The true sense of the nonpolitical in Strauss, I shall argue, must rather be sought in his embrace of the trans-finite goals of philosophy
understood as rigorous science. Nature may be the nonpolitical foundation of the political, but
we can only ever approximate nature asymptotically. The nonpolitical remains as elusive in Strauss
as the ordinary. To approximate both we need to delve deeper into his understanding of Husserl.
Type: Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/29535
ISSN: 1825-5167
DOI: 10.13137/1825-5167/29535
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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