Aristotle wrote a great book — the greatest? — on human greatness, The Nichomachean Ethics. Following in Aristotle’s footsteps, Professor Robert Faulkner wrote The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and Its Critics. Now Tod Lindberg has returned our attention to the subject in The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern.
Who better to review Lindberg’s book than Professor Faulkner? He does so in “Killers, saviors, heroes.” Professor Faulkner finds Lindberg’s book wanting, though he concludes: “One may question the full adequacy of this or that thesis, characterization, or definition, but one cannot doubt that Lindberg’s is a book about great hearts from the heart.” The books on greatness from Aristotle to Lindberg warrant your consideration as we seek to elevate our sights in consideration of a most important subject.
Professor Faulkner’s review is published in the new issue of the Claremont Review of Books that is now in the mail. You can avail yourself of the most cost-effective political education in the United States with a subscription at the heavily subsidized price of $19.95 a year. Subscribe by clicking on Subscription Services at the link and get immediate online access thrown in for free.