Strauss, Voegelin, and Burke: A Tale of Three Conservatives

Robert P. Kraynak, "Strauss, Voegelin, and Burke: A Tale of Three Conservatives," Modern Age, Fall 2011, Vol. 53 Issue 4.


The article explores the political beliefs of twentieth-century philosophers Leo Strauss, Eric Vogelin, and eighteenth-century British politician Edmund Burke. It considers the books “New Science of Politics” by Vogelin and “Natural Right and History” by Strauss, both written in the 1950s during the Cold War. The impact of religion, both Gnostic and Christian beliefs, on politics and society is considered. Other topics include conservatism in politics, radicalism in philosophy, Anglo-American Constitutionalism, and the influence of classical philosophy on modern ideologies.

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