Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Arthur M. Melzer

Narrated By: Keith Sellon-Wright

Date: April 2021

Duration: 18 hours 2 minutes

Summary:

Philosophical esotericsim-the practice of communicating one's unorthodox thoughts 'between the lines'-was a common practice until the end of the eighteenth century. The famous Encyclopedie of Diderot, for instance, not only discusses this practice in over twenty different articles, but admits to employing it itself. The history of Western thought contains hundreds of such statements by major philosophers testifying to the use of esoteric writing in their own work or others'. Despite this long and well-documented history, however, esotericism is often dismissed today as a rare occurrence. But by ignoring esotericism, we risk cutting ourselves off from a full understanding of Western philosophical thought.

Arthur M. Melzer serves as our deeply knowledgeable guide in this engaging history of philosophical esotericism. Walking listeners through both an ancient (Plato) and a modern (Machiavelli) esoteric work, he explains what esotericism is-and is not. Melzer explores the various motives that led thinkers in different times and places to engage in this strange practice, while also exploring the motives that lead more recent thinkers not only to dislike and avoid this practice but to deny its very existence. In the book's final section, Melzer turns to how we might once again cultivate the long-forgotten art of reading esoteric works.

Genres:

Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing

by Arthur M. Melzer

has successfully been added to your shopping cart

Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing, Arthur M. Melzer
Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing, Arthur M. Melzer
This title is due for release on April 6, 2021.

Enter your email below to be notified as soon as it is available!

By clicking "Notify Me" you consent to receiving electronic marketing communications from Audiobooks.com. You will be able to unsubscribe at any time.

Already a member? Log In to add this title to your wishlist.
Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing, Arthur M. Melzer
This title is due for release on April 6, 2021
We'll send you an email as soon as it is available!

Already a member?
Log in to add this title in your wishlist
Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing, Arthur M. Melzer
Please Log in and add this title to your wishlist.
Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing, Arthur M. Melzer

We will send you an email as soon as this title is available.