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

Author(s): Richard Tarnas


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.


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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

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781845951627
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Pimlico
  • : September 2010
  • : 233mm X 154mm X 40mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard Tarnas
  • : Paperback
  • : 1110
  • : English
  • : 190
  • : 560