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Naïve Readings: Reveilles Political and Philosophic

Ralph Lerner


We love our opinions and resist efforts by others to have us reconsider, let alone change, what we are pleased to treat as settled truths. Both philosophers and far-sighted political actors have long understood this about their intended audiences and have adjusted their speech accordingly. To the extent that they mean to convey unsettling thoughts, writers may resort to camouflage and concealment. Rather than shock their publics by direct confrontation, they fall back on various devices by which they would insinuate their message without raising alarm. This book is premised on the notion that ... More

Keywords: Francis Bacon, Benjamin Franklin, Edward Gibbon, Judah Halevi, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Moses Maimonides, Alexis de Tocqueville

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226353296
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226353326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ralph Lerner, author
University of Chicago