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Re: Leo Strauss
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1174  Thursday, 12 June 2003

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 13:07:09 -0300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1156 Re: Leo Strauss

[2]     From:   Haddon Judson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 13:22:26 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1156 Re: Leo Strauss

[3]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 17:40:00 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1156 Re: Leo Strauss


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 13:07:09 -0300
Subject: 14.1156 Re: Leo Strauss
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1156 Re: Leo Strauss

Terence Hawkes suggests of Ms. Strauss's praise of her father

>Its advocacy of careful reading as part
>of  'an active dialogue with the great minds of the past' catches
>perfectly the note of smug self-congratulation that has lately become a
>distinctive feature of one kind of willful ignorance.

It seems nevertheless preferable to the willful solipsism of refusing
dialogue with the past, or the humility to recognize great minds in
others.

Cheers,
Sean.

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From:           Haddon Judson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 13:22:26 -0400
Subject: 14.1156 Re: Leo Strauss
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1156 Re: Leo Strauss

Dear Karen Peterson-Kranz:

"Would you care to define Shakespeare's "true nature" for us? Enquiring
minds want to know."

How should I know WS's true nature .  I never met the man.  As an
example, we in the English speaking world enjoy a great amount of
freedom in the areas of the printed and spoken word.  I imagine WS did
not enjoy the same liberties that we do in this area.

Sincerely,
Haddon (Hadd) Judson

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 17:40:00 -0400
Subject: 14.1156 Re: Leo Strauss
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1156 Re: Leo Strauss

>>Jenny Strauss Clay concerning her father
>>Leo Strauss:  "My father saw reading not as a passive exercise but as
>>taking part in
>>an active dialogue with the great minds of the past."

One or both of the Strausses seems not to have noticed that if the
dialogue is truly "active" then the minds (whatever that means) of the
past can't be fixed, certain, stable, unchanging, but must change in
response to the contributions of the present just as the minds of  the
present must be changed by truly respectful reading of those of the
past.

Dialogically,
David Evett

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