Steven B. Smith, professor of political science at Yale University, is the author of Spinoza, Liberalism, and Jewish Identity, Reading Leo Strauss, and, most recently, Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Saul Bellow.
A Yale political scientist joins us to talk about esoteric writing and how to understand its relation to politics.
The Zionist debate between the two men is old but still urgent. Can their disparate visions be reconciled? Do they need to be?