Nicholas Xenos describes the Straussian Method, and I provide some examples of it’s application

Here is a copy of page 100 and 101 of Cloaked in Virtue. I have provided a link to a copy that can be enlarged for easier reading :

https://goo.gl/WzYPNu

XenosTheStraussianMethod

In this page and a half Xenos describes the Straussian method used in the interpretation of Spinoza’s Treatise and  Xenophon’s Hiero. But here is a description of the Straussian Method that applies to the whole of Strauss’ interpretive endeavors:

XenosFocus

See this methodology, described by Mr. Xenos, used by two prominent Neo-Conservative thinkers/technocrats:

First, Mr. Fukuyama in this essay: ‘The Decay of American Political Institutions’, I’m sorry to say is no longer available. A Google search provides a link that doesn’t work! In place of that, here is a link to my January 5, 2014 comment that provides some quotations from the essay and my replies:

https://stephenkmacksd.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/my-current-project-excerpt-from-a-reply-to-francis-fukuyamas-essay-the-decay-of-american-political-institutions-by-political-observer/

Second, Robert Kagan’s ‘Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire’:

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117859/allure-normalcy-what-america-still-owes-world

Here are links to the three comments I wrote in reply to the Kagan essay. I suffered from the intellectual malady/ennui that Xenos so carefully describes/articulates/demonstrates in the latter part of  page 101, as I have posted above:

https://stephenkmacksd.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/on-robert-kagan-before-intellectual-exhaustion-set-in-by-political-cynic-part-i/

https://stephenkmacksd.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/kagan-on-the-resolute-courage-of-american-imperialists-part-2-by-political-cynic/

https://stephenkmacksd.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/on-robert-kagan-part-3/

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