It's All Greek
The world is full of secrets hiding in plain sight. Perhaps the greatest of those pertain to the Classics. If it is true that ideas have consequences, then the present contours of our civilization were drawn in Athens and Rome. Yet interest in the Classics—both popular and academic—is at historic lows. The Cave and the Light, by the popular historian Arthur Herman, pounces at this opportunity. In Herman’s telling, all of the past 2,500 years of history are the product of an ongoing debate between Plato and Aristotle. The rise and the fall of the Roman Empire, the Inquisition and the Reformation, the Enlightenment and totalitarianism—all are really versions (not just products) of either Platonism or Aristotelianism, and all the intellectual giants on whose shoulders we stand were either expanding on, or responding to, Plato and Aristotle.
About the Author
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a businessman and writer based in Paris, reviewed Robert P. George’s Conscience and Its Enemies in our July/August issue.