[Re] The article on Leo Strauss and his apparent effects or aftershocks [“Defending Strauss” by Julie Englander, August 24].

Such questions are worth sustained study and critical discussion. If Strauss’s writings are indeed incisively relevant to these and a host of other serious questions, let those who draw inspiration from Strauss apply his teaching, as they understand that teaching, to the resolution of these questions. Such application would more clearly and usefully testify to the supposed import of Strauss’s work than intramural academic jousts contesting what Strauss himself did or did not intend to say.

David A. White

Department of Philosophy

DePaul University