She a member of one of Wenatchee's oldest book clubs, the Zetetic
Faced with this situation, Strauss sought to recover the classical rationalism of Socrates, which he understood to be a kind of zetetic
(or searching) skepticism that allowed for rational standards of morality in natural right.
The Memoirs of a Zetetic
is replete with stories that highlight the need for obedience.
The philosopher's way of life is, to him, a zetetic
trek to an unknown destination from whence one will probably never return.
Perhaps the paper that best summarizes his views on anomalous subjects is his "Zetetic
Ruminations on Skepticism and Anomalies in Science," which appeared in his own journal, Zetetic
Scholar 12/13 (1987).
3] But this approach overlooks any pedagogical or zetetic
concerns and thus conflates exploration and advocacy.
Marcello Truzzi, 'Zetetic
Ruminations on Skepticism and Anomalies in Science,' Zetetic
Scholar, August 1987, p.
He also does not establish a strong enough explanation of Christianity's role in popular politics to make his discussion of infidelism within Zetetic
culture anything other than an oddity in a study of radicalism.
Richard Carlile had been the first to withdraw, preserving the purity of Paineite natural rights within the ultra-radical asceticism of his zetetic
"temples of reason".
Since there is no such system, Tanguay can then questionably view the believer's experience as ultimately unassailable and find in Strauss "only a weak defense of philosophy, a zetetic
defense," one based ultimately on a decision, not a demonstration (p.
Tanguay calls zetetic
philosophy "weak philosophy," meaning philosophy that in the end lacks sufficient truth to refute revelation, its opposite.
Evidently, she finds nothing in Strauss's books that surprises, puzzles, astonishes, or delights, and she has no use for the claim made by students of Strauss that he is a zetetic
or authentic skeptic.