The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle... by Arthur Herman

By aaron.axvig, Thu, 03/23/2023 - 09:00
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1 year 2 months ago

We chose the topic of philosophy for the second read our three-person book club, and after a brief consideration of Nicomachean Ethics itself we pivoted to this book to get more of a broad introductory take on the subject.  This ended up being a perfect fit for me, who had essentially zero knowledge on philosophy and its characters.

This really expanded my knowledge of so many things, especially the history of Greece, Italy, Egypt, etc. as it relates to the great thinkers that bounced around the area over the centuries.  The relationship of these thinkers and their ideas to religion was also particularly interesting.  And of course the core idea of the book, the diverse platforms of Plato and Aristotle, is something that I will enjoy thinking about and reading more directly about for years to come.

But first I will need to read some lighter stuff.  This book is lengthy and I read a lot of it in 10 minute chunks, so it seemed to drag on and on.  Worth it though: this ranks as one of the most impactful books I have read.

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