The Passion of the Western Mind is a complete guide to Western civilisation and the philosophical ideas that have shaped our world view.
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 Western Mind is truly a complete liberal education in a single volume.
Richard Tarnas, Ph. D., is Distinguished Rockefeller Faculty, Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and is director of its programme in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. A graduate of Harvard University and Saybrook Institute, he was formerly director of programmes and education at Esalen Institute.
"I have never read a book about the ways in which we think that was clearer or more exciting" -- John Cleese "The most thrilling narrative of the West's 3000-year odyssey in pursuit of truth accessible to a broad public... A work of genius." Hellenic Journal "[This] magnificent critical survey, with its inherent respect for both the 'West'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 as if for the first time." San Francisco Chronicle "The most lucid and concise presentation of Western thought. The writing is elegant and carries the reader with the momentum of a novel... It really is a noble performance." Joseph Campbell "30,000 years of Western thought distilled into a powerful, enthralling narrative." Sydney Morning Herald
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