Tag Archives: Socrates

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: The Inner and Outer Life

By Kalev Pehme Having been bed-ridden and incapacitated for a month because of the deterioration of my health, I haven’t been able to write and barely able to read. When ill, I think about a lot of different things, especially … 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: Fear and Piety

The ancient Greeks had no one, abstract word for “religion,” which has a Latin origin in religio, the attention to the worship of the gods. Instead, we know from Socrates that there are two words that include what we call … 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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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: The Boy Toy and the End of History

I wrote this essay some years ago, but I still like it. I have up-dated and improved it a bit.   My friend and former student Jenn Clarke in now of Las Vegas, a great place of speculation, referred to … Continue reading

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