Straussian Reading

Refers to the Leo Strauss notion that serious writers communicate ideas through many layers of meaning and abstraction which simultaneously protects the author from the ruling regime and attracts the right readers. A ‘Straussian reading’ or interpretation is extracting the hidden subtext and stating it openly.

See also:

  • Learning how to read which discusses multi-layer recursion to understand certain texts.
  • Tyler Cowen often refers to this when asking interviewees for a more full interpretation of a piece of writing that includes the context of the author and environment in which it was written.