This is the site of the podcast and transcripts for The Ideal in the West. The aim of this project is to bring to people all over the world an appreciation not only of the philosophical tradition of the Ideal, but also the realization that it is not an abstract theory–it is the underlying Reality and the source of all love, beauty and beneficence. This will be an intellectual adventure and a spiritual travelogue–no prior experience required! Comments are turned off because of runaway spam, but you may write if you wish to dabeardsley (at) ideographmedia (dot) com.
Get the book!!!! The essays on this blog have been collected into book form, available through amazon.com. David Beardsley’s The Ideal in the West is a bracing, challenging, wholly accessible philosophical offering by a man who is not a pre-certified academic professional but a smart active individual engaged in thinking his own way through the world. Not a mere thinker, Beardsley is man thinking; this is who Emerson called for in “The American Scholar.” This is a deeply personal and deeply exciting book. Robert D. Richardson Jr., Bancroft Prize winner and author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire.
Nine essays related to the Ideal are now available for free download. See the list of titles at the bottom of the right-hand column===>
They’ve also been collected into a book available through amazon.com.
Walt Whitman thought that books distilled from other books “would probably pass away.” David Beardsley, like Whitman himself, gives the reader of The Ideal of Beauty the real thing, his own personal, felt, known, lived experiences, perceptions, and ideas. He makes the old Neoplatonic tradition as bright and attractive and relevant as today’s newspaper. Beardsley burns with a great incandescent philosophical blaze. It is all his own and it is contagious. It is a wonderful experience just to read it. Robert D. Richardson Jr., Bancroft Prize winner and author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire.
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