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Author Herman, Arthur, 1956- author.
Title The cave and the light : Plato versus Aristotle, and the struggle for the soul of Western civilization / Arthur Herman.
Published New York : Random House, [2013]
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 Floor2  CB245 .H4286 2013    IN LIBRARY
Edition First edition.
Description xxiii, 676 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 573-642) and index.
Contents The School of Athens -- The first philosopher -- The soul of reason -- The mind of God -- The doctor's son -- Good citizen or philosopher ruler? -- The inheritors : philosophy in the Hellenistic age -- Knowledge is power -- Hole in the soul : Plato and Aristotle in Rome -- Dancing in the light : the birth of Neoplatonism -- Christ is come : Platonism and Christianity -- Toward the heavenly city -- Inquiring minds : Aristotle strikes back -- Celestial harmonies : Plato in the Middle Ages -- At the summit : Arabs, Aristotle, and Saint Thomas Aquinas -- The razor's edge -- Aristotle, Machiavelli, and the paradoxes of liberty -- The creative ascent : Plato in the high Renaissance -- Twilight of the scholastics : the Reformation and the doom of Aristotle -- Secrets of the heavens : Plato, Galileo, and the new science -- God, kings, and philosophers in the Age of Genius -- Aristotle in a periwig : the culture of the Enlightenment -- Starting over : Plato, Rousseau, and revolution -- "Feeling is all" : the triumph of the Romantics -- Victorian crossroads : Hegel, Marx, and Mill -- The scale of nature : Darwin, evolution, and Aristotle's God -- Unseen worlds : physics, relativity, and the new world picture -- Triumph of the will : Nietzsche and the death of reason -- Common sense nation : Plato, Aristotle, and American exceptionalism -- Worlds at war : Plato and Aristotle in the violent century -- From the cave to the light.
Summary A history of the influential rivalry between Plato and Aristotle traces the Western world's ongoing battle of ideas to their competing philosophies, demonstrating how their contrasting views on everything became the twin fountainheads of Western culture.
Subject Civilization, Western -- Greek influences.
Plato -- Influence.
Aristotle -- Influence.
Philosophy, Ancient.
Alternate Title Cave & the light
ISBN 0553807307 (acid-free paper)
9780553807301 (acid-free paper) : $35.00
9780553907834 (eBook)
OCLC number 436030180