Robert Howse

discusses

Leo Strauss:
Man of Peace

in conversation with SAMUEL MOYN and MICHAEL ZANK

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
7
Friday
November 7, 2014
4:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes professors ROBERT HOWSE, SAMUEL MOYN, and MICHAEL ZANK for a panel discussion of Howes' latest book, Leo Strauss: Man of Peace.

Leo Strauss is known to many people as a thinker of the right, who inspired hawkish views on national security and perhaps even advocated war without limits. Moving beyond gossip and innuendo about Strauss's followers and the Bush administration, this book provides the first comprehensive analysis of Strauss's writings on political violence, considering also what he taught in the classroom on this subject. In stark contrast to popular perception, Strauss emerges as a man of peace, favorably disposed to international law and skeptical of imperialism - a critic of radical ideologies (right and left) who warns of the dangers to free thought and civil society when philosophers and intellectuals ally themselves with movements that advocate violence. Robert Howse provides new readings of Strauss's confrontation with fascist/Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt, his debate with Alexandre Kojève about philosophy and tyranny, and his works on Machiavelli and Thucydides and examines Strauss's lectures on Kant's Perpetual Peace and Grotius's Rights of War and Peace.

Michael Zank
Michael Zank

Michael Zank

Michael Zank studied in Germany, Israel, and the US and holds a PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. A member of the BU Religion Department since 1994, Zank teaches introductory classes on the Bible, on Moses, and on Jerusalem, and advanced courses in western philosophy of religion. He currently serves as Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies. Zank is an expert in German-Jewish intellectual history (Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Leo Strauss). Currently, he is writing a book on why we (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) care about the city of Jerusalem. Zank blogs on Jerusalem-related matters at http://unholycity.blogspot.com.

Robert Howse
Robert Howse

Robert Howse

Robert Howse is the Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law at New York University Law School, where he serves on the advisory board of the Center for Law and Philosophy. He has taught as a visiting professor at Harvard University, the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has previously held positions at the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto. His publications include, with Bryan-Paul Frost, the translation of the interpretative essay for Alexandre Kojève's Outline of a Phenomenology of Right and The Federal Vision: Legitimacy and Levels of Governance in the US and the EU, coedited with Kalypso Nicolaidis, as well as several articles on twentieth-century political thinkers, including Strauss, Kojève, and Schmitt.

Samuel Moyn
Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is professor of law and history at Harvard University. He earned a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 2001. He returned to HLS after thirteen years in the Columbia University history department, where he was most recently James Bryce Professor of European Legal History. He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard University Press, 2010), and edited or coedited several others. His areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. He is editor of the interdisciplinary journal Humanity and holds editorial positions at several other publications.

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