Tag Archives: Plato

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: 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: The War Against Eros

By Kalev Pehme I dedicate this piece of Tawnya Gunn, Will Kolodzie, and Laurie Berry The early Christians knew the obvious: An erotic man is a man who wants to be a god, not worship the god. So instead of … 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: 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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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: Aristotle, Strauss, Pythagoras, and Hippodamus

We must imagine that Pythagoras has been summoned by the tyrant of Phliasians, Leon. By this time, Pythagoras was absorbed knowledge from Egypt, communed with Zoroaster and absorbed the wisdom of the Chaldeans, and initiated into the Orphic circles. He … 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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