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Philosophical Thought

On a Forgotten Kind of Writing
Mishurin Aleksander Nikolaevich

PhD in Politics

Researcher, Department of the History of Political Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences

119991, Russia, Moskovskaya oblast', g. Moscow, ul. Goncharnaya, 12 stroenie 1, kab. 411

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This article is some kind of continuation of Leo Strauss' article 'Persecution and the Art of Writing' and his eponymously named book the aforesaid article is the part of. In his article the political philosopher Leo Strauss describes his hermeneutic method which he called the method of 'careful reading'. In the book Leo Strauss gave a few examples of how this method can be used based on the analysis of works written by Maimonides, Halevi and Spinoza. The article 'On a Forgotten Kind of Writing' is the response to critical comments received by Strauss after he published his 'Persecution and the Art of Writing'. Strauss analyzes the two examples of such critical comments, the critical review written by D. Sabin and the article written by Y. Belaval. The philosopher rejects Sabin's critics by successively analyzing it and pointing out the minuses, inaccuracies and errors. He seems to be more disposed to Belaval who bases his critics mostly on the argument that Strauss is wrong being oriented at Medieval Eastern philosophy. According to Belaval, representatives of Medieval Eastern philosophy were more of scientists or analysts than philosophers. Belaval also states that Strauss' method is not quite accurate. Generally speaking, this article is neither 'breakthrough' nor fundamental. The main purpose of the article is to clarify several issues that haven't been covered in 'Persecution and the Art of Writing'. 

Keywords: Halevi, Maimonides, Leo Strauss, the art of writing, hermeneutics, political philosophy, persecution, historicism, Spinoza, Socrates



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This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

Strauss L. On a forgotten kind of writing // Chicago Review. №8, 1954. – PP. 64-75.
Strauss L. Persecution and the art of writing. Ch.: The free press, 1952. – 204 p.
Sabine G.H. Persecution and the Art of Writing by Leo Strauss // Ethics. Vol. 63, №3, part 1 (Apr., 1953). – PP. 220-222.
Shtraus L. Presledovanie i iskusstvo pis'ma. Per. s angl. E. Kukhar' // Sotsiologicheskoe obozrenie T. 11, № 3, 2012. – S.12-25.
Belaval Y. Pour une sociologie de la philosophie // Critique №68/69 (Oct. 1953). – PP. 853-856.
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