Category Archives: Slow and Close Reading

Kalev’s Anti-Blog: Remarks on ‘Macbeth’

By Kalev Pehme Of the work of Shakespeare, no play has as an extensive elaboration of preternatural or (perhaps) supernatural beings as Macbeth. That the three witches are preternatural as opposed to supernatural means that the old crones do not … 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: 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: Strauss on the Bible

By Kalev Pehme Leo Strauss has the uncanny ability to make the unorthodox seem orthodox. In his treasure-trove of an essay, “Jerusalem and Athens,” Strauss provides us with one of the strangest examinations of the Bible, but he makes it … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: The Overture of Herodotus’ ‘Inquiries’

By Kalev Pehme I am struck by how little is said about the overture of Herodotus’s great work, Inquiries. Even the young Seth Benardete goes to the punch-line of the joke very quickly without giving an detailed analysis of what … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: What Strauss Does Not Say About Marsilius

By Kalev Pehme Marsilius of Padua is a shadowy figure in the work of Leo Strauss. Even though Strauss devotes an entire essay to him, there is a vast silence about Marsilius that is rarely ever mentioned by anyone or … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: On the Introduction of Farabi’s Commentary on Plato’s Laws

The greatest of the Arab philosophers of Medieval times, Alfarabi, wrote a commentary on Plato’s Laws and he wrote a special introduction explaining Plato’s method of writing, which requires the reader to read in a special way. If we read … Continue reading

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