Hans Morgenthau and Hannah Arendt: An Intellectual Passion

They maintained an intellectual companionship for decades—colored, it should be said, by an element of the erotic.

Issue: September-October 2015

IN THE late 1940s, Leo Strauss left the New School for Social Research in New York to take a position at the University of Chicago. Hans Morgenthau, who was a professor in the Political Science Department and on his way to establishing himself as the father of realism, was instrumental in securing the post for Strauss, and the two men, whose life experiences were so very similar, immediately formed a close bond.

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