Tag Archives: Aristotle

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: Math and Reality

By Kalev Pehme In one of the great books of the 20th century, Greek Mathematical Thought and the Origin of Algebra, Jacob Klein delineated the difference between ancient and modern mathematics. How we understand mathematics truly speaks to how we … 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: Comments on Herbert’s ‘Front Page Teaser’

O my goddess, I say to myself, what if I don’t like Rosemary Herbert’s new novel, Front Page Teaser? Well, I am rather well known for my vicious rhetoric when I don’t like something; however, it is a problem here … 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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