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Press, 1958): "Not only Ramus, as has sometimes been thought, but the whole milieu in which he appears, more or less identified the trivium with the exoteric' arts (exoterica) or arts taught publicly to beginners, and the quadrivium with 'acroamatic' arts (acroamatica), or arts taught privately to the initiate" (138).
The first reason (which is addressed later) is that Bacon deliberately made his books difficult to understand by his acroamatic writing: Bacon, like all true political philosophers, wrote esoterically and this immediately poses a problem for interpretation.
These are called the acroamatic writings and are known to us as the treatises of Aristotle.
These texts concern the distinctions between exoteric and acroamatic, and between exoteric and esoteric writing.
The principles of philosophy, in contrast, would be discursive principles "and [philosophy] must resign itself to establishing its authority in their regard by a thorough deduction."(88) Moreover Kant also refers to these discursive fundamental propositions as "acroamata" or acroamatic principles.(89) The question of how this deduction is to be understood touches directly the status of the synthetic a priori in Kant and conveys us at the same time to the third point of difference between mathematics and philosophy (or metaphysics).