"bracing, challenging, wholly accessible"
David A. 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-winning author of William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism.
The Ideal in the West is a philosophical exploration of the principle of
"the Ideal" in Western culture. Here, "the Ideal" refers to the concept of that
which is fundamentally Good, not as defined by opposition to Evil, but rather as
a universal font of benevolence, beauty, and justice. The Ideal in the West
explores how the concept of the Ideal influenced Western culture from classical
Greece to Imperial Rome, the Florentine Renaissance, and America in the 19th
century. The Ideal as a way of life is also contemplated, with regard to the
natural history of the ego, the concept of the Hero's Quest, and even the art of
Written to be
thoroughly accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds, The Ideal in the
West is highly recommended especially for philosophy shelves.
The Midwest Book Review, July 2013
Paul T. Vogel
About the Author
David A. Beardsley is the author of "The Ideal of Beauty and Other Essays," and writer/director of the video "Emerson: The Ideal in America." He also maintains a blog at idealinthewest.com