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Passion Of The Western Mind, The : Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View - Richard Tarnas

Passion Of The Western Mind, The

Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View

Paperback Published: 2nd September 2010
ISBN: 9781845951627
Number Of Pages: 560

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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.

"I have never read a book about the ways in which we think that was clearer or more exciting" -- John Cleese
"Quite brilliant" * Guardian *
"[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 *
"30,000 years of Western thought distilled into a powerful, enthralling narrative" * Sydney Morning Herald *
"An extraordinary work of scholarship. It not only places the history of Western thought in perspective, but offers new insights concerning the evolution of our thinking and the future of the whole human enterprise" -- John E. Mack, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Greek World Viewp. 3
The Archetypal Formsp. 6
Ideas and Godsp. 13
The Evolution of the Greek Mind from Homer to Platop. 16
The Mythic Visionp. 16
The Birth of Philosophyp. 19
The Greek Enlightenmentp. 25
Socratesp. 31
The Platonic Herop. 35
The Philosopher's Quest and the Universal Mindp. 41
The Problem of the Planetsp. 48
Aristotle and the Greek Balancep. 55
The Dual Legacyp. 69
The Transformation of the Classical Erap. 73
Crosscurrents of the Hellenistic Matrixp. 75
The Decline and Preservation of the Greek Mindp. 75
Astronomyp. 79
Astrologyp. 81
Neoplatonismp. 84
Romep. 87
The Emergence of Christianityp. 89
The Christian World Viewp. 91
Judaic Monotheism and the Divinization of Historyp. 94
Classical Elements and the Platonic Inheritancep. 98
The Conversion of the Pagan Mindp. 106
Contraries Within the Christian Visionp. 120
Exultant Christianityp. 125
Dualistic Christianityp. 130
Further Contraries and the Augustinian Legacyp. 138
Matter and Spiritp. 138
Augustinep. 143
Law and Gracep. 148
Athens and Jerusalemp. 151
The Holy Spirit and Its Vicissitudesp. 155
Rome and Catholicismp. 158
The Virgin Mary and the Mother Churchp. 162
A Summing Upp. 165
The Transformation of the Medieval Erap. 171
The Scholastic Awakeningp. 175
The Quest of Thomas Aquinasp. 179
Further Developments in the High Middle Agesp. 191
The Rising Tide of Secular Thoughtp. 191
Astronomy and Dantep. 193
The Secularization of the Church and the Rise of Lay Mysticismp. 196
Critical Scholasticism and Ockham's Razorp. 200
The Rebirth of Classical Humanismp. 209
Petrarchp. 209
The Return of Platop. 211
At the Thresholdp. 220
The Modem World Viewp. 223
The Renaissancep. 224
The Reformationp. 233
The Scientific Revolutionp. 248
Copernicusp. 248
The Religious Reactionp. 251
Keplerp. 254
Galileop. 258
The Forging of Newtonian Cosmologyp. 261
The Philosophical Revolutionp. 272
B$conp. 272
Descartesp. 275
Foundations of the Modern World Viewp. 282
Ancients and Modernsp. 291
The Triumph of Secularismp. 298
Science and Religion: The Early Concordp. 298
Compromise and Conflictp. 301
Philosophy, Politics, Psychologyp. 308
The Modern Characterp. 318
Hidden Continuitiesp. 320
The Transformation of the Modern Erap. 325
The Changing Image of the Human from Copernicus through Freudp. 326
The Self-Critique of the Modern Mindp. 333
From Locke to Humep. 333
Kantp. 341
The Decline of Metaphysicsp. 351
The Crisis of Modern Sciencep. 355
Romanticism and Its Fatep. 366
The Two Culturesp. 366
The Divided World Viewp. 375
Attempted Syntheses: From Goethe and Hegel to Jungp. 378
Existentialism and Nihilismp. 388
The Postmodern Mindp. 395
At the Millenniump. 411
Epiloguep. 415
The Post-Copernican Double Bindp. 416
Knowledge and the Unconsciousp. 422
The Evolution of World Viewsp. 433
Bringing It All Back Homep. 441
Chronologyp. 446
Notesp. 468
Bibliographyp. 494
Acknowledgmentsp. 513
Indexp. 515
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ISBN: 9781845951627
ISBN-10: 184595162X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 2nd September 2010
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 3.9
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 1