Lawrence Vogel, Hastings Center Report 36 (3):32-43 (May-June 2006).
A full reading of Leon Kass’s writings, setting them in their scholarly lineage, reveals a natural law position colored by religious revelation.
Leon Kass is much misunderstood. He is not simply a Republican ideologue who tailored his ideas to break out of the ivory tower and into the halls of power. Nor does he look simply to use human nature as a moral guide. When the full range of his writings is considered and set in the tradition of his teachers, Hans Jonas and Leo Strauss, what emerges is a natural law position colored by religious revelation. His understanding of Judaism supports a position quite close to what William Galston has called the “Catholic-evangelical entente.”
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