The collection of essays continues to examine the history and influence of the Ideal tradition as begun in "The Ideal in the West." It looks at topics such as Beauty, Love, the Quest, and Immortality in light of the teachings of Plato, Plotinus, Ficino, Emerson and others.
Plato defined the Ideal as "the universal author of all things beautiful and right." This book traces its history from before Plato through Imperial Rome, the Renaissance, and 19th century America, and its influence on artists such as Michelangelo, Shakespeare and Whitman. In addition it shows how the Ideal's timeless principles can benefit people in the 21st century