Category Archives: Cropsey, Joseph (1919 – 2012 ce)

A Great Loss: Joseph Cropsey, political philosopher, 1919 – 2012

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"Joseph Cropsey, a UChicago professor who was one of the nation’s leading figures in the study of political philosophy, died July 1 in Rockville, Md. He was 92.

Cropsey, a distinguished service professor emeritus in Political Science, was a beloved teacher at UChicago and wrote a series of important books in which he examined political science from ancient through modern times. He is particularly remembered for his work on Socrates, Plato and Adam Smith." – source

Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss: The Hidden Dialogue (2006)

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Carl Schmitt is the most famous and controversial defender of political theology in our century. But in his best-known work, The Concept of the Political, issued in 1927, 1932, and 1933, political considerations led him to conceal the dependence of his entire political theory on his faith in divine revelation. In 1932 political philosopher Leo Strauss published a critical review of The Concept of the Political that earned him Schmitt's respect and initiated an extremely subtle interchange between Schmitt and Strauss regarding Schmitt's critique of liberalism. Although Schmitt never answered Strauss publicly, in the third edition of his book he changed key passages in response to Strauss's criticisms without ever acknowledging them. In the present book Heinrich Meier astutely follows the trail left by the interlocutors. The present volume includes a new translation of Strauss's classic essay and the first English version of three letters to Schmitt from Strauss.

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"Carl Schmitt envelops the center of his thought in darkness because the center of his thought is faith. The center is faith in God's having become man, in a 'historical event of infinite, unpossessable, unoccupiable uniqueness.'" – page 68.

"To him the truth of revelation is such a certain source of 'pure and whole knowledge' that only a subordinate, derivative significance can be ascribed to any efforts to attain by human means knowledge of the nature of man and valid statements about the character of the political." – page 69.