Authors Archives: Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft

Persecution and the Art of Critique: Leo Strauss between Secularism and Religion

In his 1983 essay ‘Secular Criticism,’ Edward Said claimed that criticism is “always situated,” “skeptical,” and “secular,” suggesting that the critic always acknowledges that she is situated in an existing cultural and social context, while maintaining a skeptical distance from religious commitments (Said, 1983: 26). Questioning Said’s characterization, the anthropologist Talal Asad has asked just […]

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