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The Passion of the Western Mind

Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Ballantine
 | 
March, 1993
ISBN:
9780345368096
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$29.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

A major inquiry into the evolution our culture’s consciousness, from the dawn of Western civilization to the dawn of the 21st century, this is really a full liberal education in a single volume. As Stan Grof says, “This is the most creative and comprehensive treatment of the history of Western thought I know....The book is a real masterpiece.”

Here are the great minds of Western civilization and their pivotal ideas, from Plato to Hegel, from Augustine to Nietzsche, from Copernicus to Freud. Tarnas (Professor of Philosophy at the California Institute of Integral Studies and former program director at Esalen for years) performs the near-miracle of describing profound philosophical concepts simply but without simplifying them.

Ten years in the making, it’s already hailed as a new classic. During its time in gestation, Joseph Campbell read it, and wrote: “The most lucid and concise presentation I have read, of the grand lines of what every student should know about the history of Western thought. The writing is elegant and carries the reader with the momentum of a novel... It is really a noble performance.”

Publisher’s Description: 

"[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."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
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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