Walter Berns and Harry Jaffa

Peter Augustine Lawler, National Review Online, January 11, 2015.


Berns and Jaffa, two legendary teachers and scholars, died last Saturday within hours of each other. What tied them together is they were both students of Leo Strauss, and all of their writing was fundamentally indebted to “disruptive innovations” that Strauss introduced into our understanding of thought and politics.

Jaffa (born in 1918) and Berns (1919) were so blessed by nature that they enjoyed very long and happy lives, each fully engaged with the people and world around them until very shortly before their deaths. Each had a lot to teach us about the art of living.

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