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The Cave And The Light

Arthur Herman



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Random House Inc
01 September 2014
Philosophy; Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500
Arthur Herman has now written the definitive sequel to his New York Times bestseller, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, and extends the themes of the book - which sold half a million copies worldwide - back to the ancient Greeks and forward to the age of the Internet.

The Cave and the Light is a magisterial account of how the two greatest thinkers of the ancient world, Plato and Aristotle, laid the foundations of Western culture - and how their rivalry shaped the essential features of our culture down to the present day. From Martin Luther (who named Aristotle the third great enemy of true religion, after the devil and the Pope) to Karl Marx (whose utopian views rival Plato's), heroes and villains of history have been inspired and incensed by these two master philosophers - but never outside their influence.

Accessible, riveting, and eloquently written, this book provides a stunning new perspective on the Western world, certain to open eyes and stir debate.
By:   Arthur Herman
Imprint:   Random House Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 201mm,  Width: 134mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   512g
ISBN:   9780553385663
ISBN 10:   0553385666
Pages:   704
Publication Date:   01 September 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Cave And The Light

Praise for The Cave and the Light A sweeping intellectual history viewed through two ancient Greek lenses . . . breezy and enthusiastic but resting on a sturdy rock of research. --Kirkus Reviews Examining mathematics, politics, theology, and architecture, the book demonstrates the continuing relevance of the ancient world. --Publishers Weekly A fabulous way to understand over two millennia of history, all in one book. --Library Journal Entertaining and often illuminating. --The Wall Street Journal Praise for Arthur Herman Gandhi & Churchill Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize You finish the book knowing that you can evaluate the world today, particularly modern India, with more knowledge and insight. --USA Today Scrupulous, compelling, and unfailingly instructive . . . a detailed and richly filigreed account that introduces the Anglo-American reader to many facts and vivid if little-known personalities, both English and Indian. --Commentary Freedom's Forge A rambunctious book that is itself alive with the animal spirits of the marketplace. --The Wall Street Journal How the Scots Invented the Modern World Professor Herman demonstrates an infectious and uplifting passion for his subject. Unlike many academics, he is a natural writer, weaving philosophical concerns seamlessly through a historical narrative that romps along at a cracking pace, producing a text that is highly accessible without compromising the rational quality of his argument. --The Guardian

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