The Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas
Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View

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"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."--Joseph Campbell, 
author of The Hero with a Thousand FacesHere 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.


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About Richard Tarnas

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Richard Tarnas is a cultural historian and professor of philosophy and psychology and the author of The Passion of the Western Mind. He teaches on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.
 
Published October 19, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 560 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, History. Non-fiction

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The Greek myths unsurprisingly make quite a few appearances and once again, Tarnas fully explains within the context of the book's subject matter including the important area: tension between Greek myth and reason.

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He says God is dead, but really, it is man, glourious understanding, at one with the world, man who is crucified.

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