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Persecution and the Art of Writing by Leo Strauss
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Jan 09, 09

bookshelves: political-philosophy, classic-works

While not Strauss' most controversial work, this is probably his most misunderstood and dismissed work. In Persecution and the Art of Writing, Strauss states his belief that great philosophers have offered both an "exoteric" or salutary teaching and an "esoteric" or true teaching, which has been concealed from the general reader. For maintaining this distinction, Strauss is often accused of having written esoterically himself, which strikes me as incorrect if no other reason than that Strauss did not consider himself a philosopher.
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