The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View

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Ballantine, 1993 - Philosophy - 544 pages
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"[This] magnificent critical survey, with its inherent respect for both the 'Westt's mainstream high culture' and the 'radically changing world' of the 1990s, offers a new breakthrough for lay and scholarly readers alike....Allows readers to grasp the big picture of Western culture for the first time".
Here are the great minds of Western civilization and their pivotal ideas, from Plato to Hegel, from Augustine to Nietzsche, from Copernicus to Freud. Richard Tarnas performs the near-miracle of describing profound philosophical concepts simply but without simplifying them. Ten years in the making and already hailed as a classic, THE PASSION OF THE WESERN MIND is truly a complete liberal education in a single volume.

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User Review  - pessoanongrata - LibraryThing

i wish a teacher would have put this in my hands in high school, or freshman year of college. it's a great starting point for exploring the history of western thought and culture. Read full review

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User Review  - galacticus - LibraryThing

Excellent introduction to western philosophy. The writing is lucid allowing for a quick read. I rated 3 stars because the author deviates from the topic at hand into personal beliefs as odd as Plato's explanation of the male female disunion. Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Richard Tarnas is a Harvard-educated historian and professor of philosophy and psychology, and the author of The Passion of the Western Mind. In 2006 he published Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the UKHe is the founding director of the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness graduate studies program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and also teaches on the faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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