Books About the Ideal

 

The Journey Back to Where You Are: Homer's Odyssey as Spiritual Quest

The Journey Back to Where You Are: Homer’s Odyssey as Spiritual Quest

The Journey Back to Where You Are: Homer’s Odyssey as Spiritual Quest

This book views Homer’s Odyssey an allegory for the soul’s quest for reunification, a journey back from the strife and division of the Trojan War to the love and unity of one’s “native land,” enduring trials and temptations along the way.  This volume contains the complete Samuel Butler translation, recently updated by the faculty of the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University, and used by permission.  This is a terrific book which shows a steady idealism, and an invoking of Emersonian personal reunification. Its language is a great strength; vigorous, colloquial, open, appealing, un-condescending, unshrinking from what must be included. It is substantial, engaging and important.  Robert D. Richardson Jr., Bancroft Prize-winning author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire

The Ideal in the West

The Ideal in the West (book)

The Ideal in the West

The essays on this blog have been collected into book form, available through amazon.com.

A com­mend­able attempt to beat back the dark­ness and inspire revelation.

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. …  Read­ers who brushed lightly against the Greek philoso­phers in the course of their edu­ca­tions will appre­ci­ate this chance to replen­ish and expand their store of knowl­edge, but those start­ing from scratch could do worse than learn­ing the basics from Beard­s­ley. At its best, his book may even spark a flame that leaps “from one soul to another” and ignites deeper understanding—though he believes, like Socrates, that the spo­ken word of the dialec­tic, face-to-face method can cre­ate a spark more surely than the writ­ten word ever could.  –Kirkus Reviews, Sept. 2015

The Ideal of Beauty and Other Essays

The Ideal of Beauty and Other Essays

The Ideal of Beauty and Other Essays

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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