Harry V. Jaffa, 1918-2015

Michael M. Uhlmann, Edward J. Erler, Thomas G. West, and Larry P. Arnn, Claremont Review of Books, Winter 2015.


Harry Victor Jaffa died at the age of 96 on January 10, 2015. The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy was founded by a few of his students in 1979, and he served on the Institute’s board of directors from its inception. He was named a distinguished fellow of the Institute in 1989. The mission of the Claremont Institute, to recover the political philosophy that animated the American Founding and to revive the statesmanship that made it possible, is part of what Jaffa called “the scholarship of the politics of freedom.” We attempt to live up to the standards of that scholarship, and that politics, in the Claremont Review of Books. In the spirit of that scholarship Jaffa contributed to, and occasionally criticized, the CRB from the beginning.

His funeral was held in Claremont on January 16. His students Michael Uhlmann, Edward Erler, Thomas West, and Larry Arnn delivered versions of these eulogies there. Michael Anton offers reminiscences of a more recent student.

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