This brilliant and eloquent book by a distinguished scholar and critic examines the history, the limits, and the promise of the human mind and the knowledge of which it is capable. Professor Highet explores the meaning of our culture from the intellectual and moral monuments of the Greeks, Romans, and Judeo-Christians, and our contemporary thinkers. Out of this book comes a clear definition of knowledge and insights into the strength and limitations of the mind.
More of a mentor than a critic this time (People, Places and Books) Mr. Highet's discussion here is both a tribute to the immortality of the mind and a stimulus to its application in the constant and continuous channels of thinking, learning and teaching. A classicist, Highet writes with the entire perspective of western civilization in full view-and with a sonorous, supple prose which in an invitation to learning in itself. Our advances, from animalism to humanity, from the use of tools and plants to the concepts of the passing but undying cultures of the Greek and Roman; the training of the mind, through challenge and experiment and association- for the "Secret of education is never to forget the possibility of greatness"; the future of knowledge- which may have one of three destinies, ?? (Kirkus Reviews)