exotericism


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exotericism

religious doctrines or practices that are easily understood by the general public. — exoteric, n., adj.
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With the necessity of addressing a double audience, one arrives at the necessity of esotericism, and of its twin, exotericism.
It is in these initial pages that Lampert recounts Strauss's discovery of exotericism, the doctrinal practice, supposedly held by ancient thinkers of composing a text with two audiences in mind.
Altman believes that Strauss himself practiced exotericism.
argue or assume, implicitly or explicitly, that studying [or editing] the poet's work entails a search for hidden meaning" (4)--hence, the plurality of interpretive methodologies throughout the twentieth century predicated upon esotericism--Fleming aims to correct that bias for secrecy and discovery by returning to Milton's textuality (ix-x) and the apt placement of his works within a nearly forgotten tradition of early-modern exotericism (6-25).
A post-Straussian (16) or pedagogical conception of exotericism will then be applied to Cicero in the second section: methods reminiscent of Strauss's will lead to conclusions quite the opposite of those he reached.