Leo Strauss: The Three Waves of Modernity

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was one of the most important historians of political philosophy in the 20th century.  A Jewish emigre to America in the 1930s, Strauss made his name as an exegete of the classics (Plato, Aristotle, and Thucydides especially; Al-Farabi, Avicenna, and Maimonides among Arab-Islamic and Jewish medieval philosophers, and Sts. Augustine and Thomas … Continue reading Leo Strauss: The Three Waves of Modernity

Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah: Part II

Ibn Khaldun’s landmark work Muqaddimah really begins at Chapter II of Book I.  Here he begins his analysis of civilization, its character and nature, and the contrast between sedentary (urban) life over and against Bedouin (rural or nomadic) civilization.  Before we begin I must address a glaring elephant in the room by what Ibn Khaldun … Continue reading Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah: Part II