David A. Beardsley The Ideal in the West

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The Ideal in the West

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The influ­ence of “Ide­al­ism” has so pen­e­trated our lan­guage and our think­ing that we don’t rec­og­nize it as per­haps the old­est continuously-operating philo­soph­i­cal sys­tem in the West. Although its influ­ence rises and falls, its con­cep­tion and artic­u­la­tion of “the Good” con­tin­ues to shape our beliefs and aspi­ra­tions. This is not good as opposed to evil, but the absolute source of all benef­i­cence, beauty, and justice. This book traces its history and influence through some of the most fascinating people and periods in history--Plato in Classical Athens, Plotinus in Imperial Rome, Marsilio Ficino in the Florentine Renaissance, and Ralph Waldo Emerson in 19th century America. It also shows how these timeless teachings can be put to practical use by overstressed people in the 21st century.

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David A. Beardsley is the author of "The Ideal of Beauty and Other Essays," and writer/director of the video "Emerson: The Ideal in America." He also maintains a blog at idealinthewest.com

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"Highly recommended..."
From the Midwest Book Review, July 2013
The Ideal in the West explores how the concept of the Ideal influenced Western culture from classical Greece to Imperial Rome, the Florentine Renaissance, and America in the 19th century. The Ideal as a way of life is also contemplated, with regard to the natural history of the ego, the concept of the Hero's Quest, and even the art of dying. Written to be thoroughly accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds, The Ideal in the West is highly recommended especially for philosophy shelves.
 
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"A commendable attempt to beat back the darkness and inspire revelation."
--Kirkus Reviews

In clear, uncluttered prose, free of undue sophistry, Beardsley covers an immense amount of territory with alacrity, beginning chronologically with Athens in its golden age and touching next on the Greek-influenced Roman philosophers. He then moves on to the Renaissance, and finally to the 19th-century transcendentalists of New England.
At its best, his book may even spark a flame that leaps "from one soul to another" and ignites deeper understanding....

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