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Heroic Heart : Greatness Ancient and Modern (Hardcover) (Tod Lindberg)

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What does it mean to be a hero? In The Heroic Heart, Tod Lindberg traces the quality of heroic greatness from its most distant origin in human prehistory to the present day. The designation of hero” once conjured mainly the prowess of conquerors and kings slaying their enemies on the battlefield. Heroes in the modern world come in many varieties, from teachers and mentors making a lasting impression on others by giving of themselves, to firefighters no less willing than their ancient counterparts to risk life and limb. They don’t do so to assert a claim of superiority over others, however. Rather, the modern heroic heart acts to serve others and save others. The spirit of modern heroism is generosity, what Lindberg calls the caring will,” a primal human trait that has flourished alongside the spread of freedom and equality.Through its intimate portraits of historical and literary figures and its subtle depiction of the most difficult problems of politics,The Heroic Heart offers a startlingly original account of the passage from the ancient to the modern world and the part the heroic type has played in it. Lindberg deftly combines social criticism and moral philosophy in a work that ranks with such classics as Thomas Carlyle’s nineteenth-century On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History and Joseph Campbell’s twentieth-centuryThe Hero with a Thousand Faces.
The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern explores and answers the question of what it means to call someone a hero, tracing the quality of heroic greatness from its most distant origin in human prehistory to the present day. The designation of hero? once conjured mainly the prowess of conquerors and kings slaying their enemies on the battlefield. Heroes in the modern world come in many varieties, from teachers and mentors making a lasting impression on others by giving of themselves, to firefighters no less willing than their ancient counterparts to risk life and limb. They don?t do so to assert a claim of superiority over others, however. Rather, the modern heroic heart acts to serve others and save others. The spirit of modern heroism is generosity, what Lindberg calls the caring will,? a primal human trait that has flourished alongside the spread of freedom and equality.

Through its intimate portraits of historical and literary figures and its subtle depiction of the most difficult problems of politics, The Heroic Heart offers a startlingly original account of the passage from the ancient to the modern world and the part the heroic type has played in it. Lindberg deftly combines social criticism and moral philosophy in a work that ranks with such classics as Thomas Carlyle?s nineteenth-centuryOn Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History and Joseph Campbell?s twentieth-centuryThe Hero with a Thousand Faces.
Number of Pages: 232
Genre: Philosophy, History
Sub-Genre: Civilization, Ethics + Moral Philosophy, Political
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Author: Tod Lindberg
Language: English
Street Date: September 8, 2015
TCIN: 18771840
UPC: 9781594038235
Item Number (DPCI): 247-47-6904
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