Category Archives: Leo Strauss

Kalev’s Anti-Blog: A Post Scriptum: Maimonides So Close Yet So Far…

In my previous post on Maimonides’s Letter on Astrology, I noted that Leo Strauss had implied that Maimonides had accepted the philosopher’s distinction between god as a remote cause the affects of proximate cause on human beings. I had thought … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: Maimonides’ ‘Letter on Astrology,’ Leo Strauss, and Some Luck

By Kalev Pehme For my friend Scott Alexander, one of the best readers of Maimonides; may he get the recognition he well deserves… One realizes when reading Maimonides’s Letter on Astrology, a comparatively short work, that it is an immensely … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: The Renaissance and the post-Renaissance World of Rembrandt and Caravaggio and the Human Soul

The Renaissance died in 1620 in much the same way that the same way as the US Depression started with the stock market crash of `1929. There are many reasons for it, but if we want to be very contemporary … Continue reading

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Kalev ‘s Anti-Blog: Words Fail

By Kalev Pehme In an essay on Thucydides, Leo Strauss writes: “Wisdom cannot be show by being spoken of. How then can it be shown at all? Wisdom is the highest form of the life of man. How can the … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: The American Military is a Teaching Machine

George W’s failure in Iraq and Afghanistan was owing to the fact that he doesn’t know anything about education, not being educated himself. While he took a very Wilsonian approach to spreading democracy, he didn’t understand that the American military … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: The Soul of the Radical Conservative and the Capitalist

By Kalev Pehme Today’s radical conservative is frequently a capitalist apologist, although it must be said that not all capitalists are radically right. In fact, very few capitalists are that conservative. Yet, the capitalist and the radical rightist have many … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: ‘Aletheia’ and Heidegger’s Disclosure or Lack of It

By Kalev Pehme [This piece, as it is about truth, is written for Tawnya Gunn who won’t read a word of it (smart woman), and to Luke Neely who asked me to write something on Heidegger’s approach to aletheia.] If … Continue reading

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