The Cave and the Light

The Cave and the Light

Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780553807301
Characteristics: xxiii, 676 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Cave & the light
Call Number: 909.09821 HER


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Mar 09, 2015

From a conservative "think tank" (Hudson Institute) revisionist perspective.

Feb 24, 2015

Be on the alert as you read this book. The first 400 or so pages make a lot of sense. His understanding and knowledge of these 2 Greek philosophers is credible and I can easily agree with how later history adopted their ideas.
HOWEVER, don't be pulled into that old conservative trick of getting you to agree with some things and then tossing you a few bizarre curve balls out of nowhere. The latter part of the book reads like a Fox news commentary. The strangest comment is when he says in a matter of fact way that free enterprise is what won world war two. Herman neglects the fact that rationing, the war production board and the planning of battles and diplomatic meetings also played a role as well.


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