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The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization

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"In his sweeping new book, historian Herman (How the Scots Invented the Modern World) contends that Plato and Aristotle had vastly different conceptions about the world, and that the various followers and interpreters of each thinker, throughout the ages, shaped the course of Western civilization. According to Herman, Plato views 'the world through the eyes of the artist and religious mystic,' using intuition and ideals to understand the workings of the world, while Aristotle 'observes reality through the... eyes of science,' using reason and logic as guides. Beginning with biographies of each thinker and unusual facts, the book traces the rise and fall of their respective philosophies. While Plato was dominant in the ancient world, with St. Paul linking the philosopher's idea of the forms to early Christianity, Aristotle, through Thomas Aquinas, was prominent in the Middle Ages. While Aristotle's authority caused science to stagnate in the Middle Ages, Plato's ideas — especially those described in The Republic — were sometimes used to justify totalitarianism, influencing 20th-century communism, fascism, and Nazism. Examining mathematics, politics, theology, and architecture, the book demonstrates the continuing relevance of the ancient world. 46 illus. Agent: Glen Hartley, Writers Representatives. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Herman reveals how two Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, became the twin fountainheads of Western culture, and tells how their rivalry gave Western civilization its unique dynamism down to the present.

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Arthur Herman is the bestselling author of Freedom’s Forge, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, The Idea of Decline in Western History, To Rule the Waves, and Gandhi & Churchill, which was a 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Herman taught the Western Heritage Program at the Smithsonian’s Campus on the Mall, and he has been a professor of history at Georgetown University, The Catholic University of America, George Mason University, and The University of the South at Sewanee.

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Easy recommendation - Buy this book if you have any interest at all in Western Civilization!
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ISBN:
9780553807301
Author:
Herman, Arthur
Publisher:
Random House
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Arthur Her
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Man
Subject:
Civilization
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General History
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World History-Western Civilization
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philosophy;plato;aristotle;history
Publication Date:
20131031
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HARDCOVER
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General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
9.49 x 6.26 x 1.48 in 2.1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his sweeping new book, historian Herman (How the Scots Invented the Modern World) contends that Plato and Aristotle had vastly different conceptions about the world, and that the various followers and interpreters of each thinker, throughout the ages, shaped the course of Western civilization. According to Herman, Plato views 'the world through the eyes of the artist and religious mystic,' using intuition and ideals to understand the workings of the world, while Aristotle 'observes reality through the... eyes of science,' using reason and logic as guides. Beginning with biographies of each thinker and unusual facts, the book traces the rise and fall of their respective philosophies. While Plato was dominant in the ancient world, with St. Paul linking the philosopher's idea of the forms to early Christianity, Aristotle, through Thomas Aquinas, was prominent in the Middle Ages. While Aristotle's authority caused science to stagnate in the Middle Ages, Plato's ideas — especially those described in The Republic — were sometimes used to justify totalitarianism, influencing 20th-century communism, fascism, and Nazism. Examining mathematics, politics, theology, and architecture, the book demonstrates the continuing relevance of the ancient world. 46 illus. Agent: Glen Hartley, Writers Representatives. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Herman reveals how two Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, became the twin fountainheads of Western culture, and tells how their rivalry gave Western civilization its unique dynamism down to the present.
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