Leo Strauss' Modern Regime Cycle
Author: Paskewich, Christopher J.
Source: Theoria, Volume 56, Number 118, March 2009 , pp. 40-62(23)
Publisher: Berghahn Journals
Abstract:Which of the regimes of the modern world is the best? The political philosopher Leo Strauss provides a useful context for this issue by weighing the three primary regimes he finds available to modernity: traditional regimes, liberal regimes, and the universal state (in the manner of the French philosopher, Alexandre Kojève). He posits a new cycle of regimes for the modern world, just as Plato and Polybius did for the ancient world. Strauss suggests that the post-Enlightenment tendency is toward a universal state, but he asserts that a highly traditional, but liberal, regime is the most desirable for us.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2009-03-01
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