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The cave and the light: Plato vs. Aristotle and the struggle for the soul of Western civilization

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Event:
The cave and the light: Plato vs. Aristotle and the struggle for the soul of Western civilization
Start:
November 12, 2013 4:45 pm
End:
November 12, 2013 6:15 pm
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Organizer:
American Enterprise Institute
Updated:
October 28, 2013
Venue:
AEI, Twelfth Floor
Address:
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Event URL:
http://www.aei.org/events/2013/11/12/the-cave-and-the-light-plato-vs-aristotle-and-the-struggle-for-the-soul-of-western-civilization/

 

 

 

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“History may not repeat itself, but ideas certainly do,” Arthur Herman demonstrates in his provocative new book, “The Cave and the Light.” The fundamental ideas of Plato and Aristotle have vigorous lives of their own and have marched through political, intellectual, scientific, and religious history in themes and variations. 

 

In the book, Herman considers how these ideas have competed across the whole of Western history, and also considers their dangers. For example, “Too much Plato brings a rigid dogmatism and an elitist arrogance,” while “Too much Aristotle ends in a complacent behaviorist calculus [with] fellow human beings to be manipulated at will.”  

 

At this event, Herman will discuss his sweeping panorama of ideas and their consequences, with comments by AEI’s Charles Murray and John Weicher of the Hudson Institute. AEI’s Alex Pollock will moderate.

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