Tag Archives: Machiavelli

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: 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: 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: Mind is Everything and Nihilism Cosmology IV

“Everything is mind,” Buddhists assert. However, this piece is not about Buddhism, but the notion that the entire cosmos is thought. In Plato’s Philebus, Socrates’ “divine mind” forms a cosmos; so this notion is not just Buddhist. Aristotle’s cosmos is … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: Glosses on Strauss’ ‘Persecution and the Art of Writing’

Leo Strauss is a very funny man. His 1941 essay, “Persecution and the Art of Writing,” a mostly misunderstood work, begins with a small joke, an epigraph from History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in … Continue reading

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