Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing

2014.10.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Arthur M. Meltzer, Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing, University of Chicago Press, 2014, 453pp.,
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2014.10.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Arthur M. Meltzer, Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing, University of Chicago Press, 2014, 453pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226175096. Reviewed by Bernard Yack, Brandeis University Those of us who were introduced to the history of moral and political philosophy by students of Leo Strauss -- in my case, Allan Bloom -- would sometimes ask for evidence backing their claim that the great writers of the past practiced a lost art of esoteric writing. The answers we received, I'm sorry to say, were never very satisfying: a scrap of Bacon here, a letter from Diderot there, a passage or two from Plato's Seventh Letter. Surely, so vast a conspiracy must have left a larger mark on Western literary culture? Where were the books and articles that connected all the dots? Without such confirmation, it was hard to dispel the suspicion that it was Strauss's charismatic authority, more than. . .

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