Passion of the Western Mind

Passion of the Western Mind

by Richard Tarnas


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ISBN-13: 9780345368096
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 225,585
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.12(d)

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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a college graduate and life time student, I have found this single text to be of great importance to my understanding of our western culture. I consider this to be prized book, a must for the shelf of layman and scholar alike. It is written in a way that takes a hold of the reader, much like a suspense novel, and carries the reader along for a tour of people, places, times, and of course the ideas that came from these well springs. It was most difficult to put down. Every moment spent within its pages is time spent well. I would highly recommend this text to anyone seeking to improve their comprehension and understanding of our western culture's contribution to the current state of mankind.
Smiley on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I know that once you start reading this you will finish it with enthusiasm. And you will learn something in the bargin. The last section seems to come out of nowhere, but does not hamper the impact of the argument.
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well written, sums up the evolution of western thought quite nicely. i once saw a documentary of a region in africa where the women dominate the men. i think the author would be thrilled to reside there. as for me, i like women who want their men to take charge and be masculine. this future femenine world the author anticipates with great yearning, i'll pass.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Passion Of The Western Mind by Richard Tarnas. Every once in awhile someone manages to put everything into a certain perspective. Twenty years earlier Theodore Roszak¿s The Making of a Counter Culture, with it¿s contemporary Romantic assessment, it¿s defense of rebellious youth, it¿s critical overview of a culture that appeared to have nothing to teach us precisely because it had no understanding of its own culture and what the traditions of that culture were, anticipated this book, a book which is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand the real history of Western Civilization. This is the book Conservativism seems to be lacking, and conversely makes clear what it is that is lacking in Conservativism, the larger perspective, the perspective that is not a simple polarization meant to escape from the human condition into a childlike simplicity, but rather a detailed account of how we have arrived at this place and time. Tarnas, for all of his dialectical subjectivity, comes as close to an objective assessment as is humanly possible in our time, and he does it by taking everything and everyone seriously, by respecting what human beings believe and have believed as far back as we have evidence of what they believed. There is no simple right or wrong for Tarnas. He insists on being a historian from his own time, with all of its hope and its despair, its knowledge and lack of knowledge, its passionate astonishment of the interpretation that emerges as his story unfolds. An example of this is the fascinating portrayal of the Copernican paradigm, of how modern science evolved, not in the way we are accustomed to think of it, but because both modern and Hellenic astronomers were steeped in astrology, indeed driven primarily for astrological certainty. Or how both the rise and fall of the Catholic Church were at least in part predicated on its millennium long marriage to Roman paganism. From Judaism to Christianity, from the Renaissance to the Reformation, from the modern to the post modern, Tarnas gives us the 21st Century version of Hegel¿s movement of history and the mysterious interplay of history and ideas. By so doing I think Tarnas returns us to the traditional dialogue, educates us again to discuss our religion and our politics in accordance with our whole heritage and not just a part of it. What¿s more, his outline of the contemporary scene in the last pages, and his analysis of the possible directions in which we are headed, give an unusual relevance to this history without ever forgetting that it is a history that has repressed its feminine voices and has yet to fully extend its hand to non western traditions. In fact, anyone who is even remotely familiar with the religious and philosophical heritage of the east might find it hard to read through this book without wondering if the long western journey is only now beginning to approach the wisdom of the ancient Taoists and perhaps the Buddhists and Hindus as well. I, for one, would love to see a similar comprehensive history of the East and am filled with excitement at the prospect of a mature feminist paradigm. Despite the West¿s immense schism between the mind and the soul Tarnas leaves us with the impression that the human adventure continues afloat on its spiritual Odyssey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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