"The Cave and the Light: Plato versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization" by Arthur Herman

January 2, 2015


This book outlines the historic tension between the ideas of Plato and Aristotle and how that tension manifests itself throughout Western history. While it is a very long book, the explanations are clear and comprehensible. I feel as if I understand much more about Western philosophy generally and much more about how the ideas of these two classical philosophers shape and influence the ideas that came after them.

I enjoyed reading this book, even though it took me quite a while. I had read the Greek philosophers back in college in some depth. As a student of literature, I hit some of the others either as historical artifacts or as literary critics. But now I feel as if I have a bigger overview to shape my understanding of the trends that have worked through the history.

 

"The Blessing of a Skinned Knee" and "The Blessing of a B-" by Wendy Mogel

February 1, 2011


Being a parent is wonderful and challenging, frustrating and infuriating.  Anybody who is a parent knows what I mean.  As one of my good childless friends once put it, “You are making a commitment for life to someone you have never even met.”  As parents, we are often torn about how to respond to the inevitable crises that arise.  Wendy Mogel, a social-clinical psychologist, draws...


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In the Grip of Bereavement. An Analysis of Ten Aggadic Legends on Bereavement in the World of the Sages… by Dr. Chaim Licht

February 19, 2010




Dr. Chaim Licht has written a very traditional Jewish approach to dealing with the death of a child--he has looked at all the biblical and post-biblical texts from Judaism, to examine the stories and approaches that these texts take on the topic. His goal is to look at how historic stories from the Aggadah can help modern parents cope with their grief and can help those around them discover strategies for helping them.

This book is NOT a pop psychology book--it is very academic and rooted in t...
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About Me


Lydia Schultz I am a school librarian and part-time college English teacher. I hope to review many of the books I read, both in the context of my research about children's books as well as in my pursuit of recreational reading. I want to share what I read--so what else is new?

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