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In this, Plato represents the pinnacle of the unique synthesis of “eros” and “logos” — of tarnzs love of wisdomand rational mind. History has been dominated by white european males. I did no This was a pretty good book. Radical uncertainty prevails, for in the end what one knows and experiences is to an indeterminate extent a projection.

Jun 19, Peter Vicaire rated it really liked it. The use of reason to examine and defend articles of faith, already exploited in the eleventh century by Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury, and the discipline of logic in particular, championed by the fiery twelfth-century, dialectician Abelart Ranidlv ascended in both educational popular and theological importance.

The best single volume work on the development of Western thought. This is an amazing overview of the entire history and legacy of Western thought from the Ancient Greeks to contemporary times, covering along the way the Medieval and Renaissance tarmas as well as the development of the modern worldview. In that way I can help my daughter understand the culture and motivations of a people so that Richard Tarnas’ book, The Passion of the Western Mind, descriptively and eloquently chronicles the evolution of human discoveries and consciousness from the time of ancient Ths to modern times.

It has the problem, however, that the author looks at his subject with such a passion, that he seems to agree with most theories, including those that are diametrically opposite!

Joseph Campbell called this book “the most lucid and concise presentation I have read ;assion the grand lines Thanks ricard telling us about the problem.

The Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Western culture tends to be characterized by rationalism, masculinity, individualism, contractual relationships, colonialism, capitalism, imperialism, and science. In monotheistic religion, god is transcendent. This was a pretty good book.


This page was last edited on 4 Juneat A good history of Philosophy. I also like how the author dispels the myth that Aquinas’ philosophical system is purely Aristotelian in character: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Integral Historiography in a Postmodern Age shambhala. He gives this bizarre extra place in our understanding of the world to Freud and Jung and he sprinkles it throught the whole text. Although my comprehension of what he describes remains incomplete, I’ll attempt a brief review of only the epilogue: No one has hold of the Truth.

Just as man as moral agent requires the Ideas of justice and goodness to conduct his life well, so man as scientist requires other absolute Ideas to understand the world, other universals by which the chaos, flux, and variety of sensible things can be unified and made intelligible. In the pre-philosophical Greek mind, these archetypal principles took the form of mythic personifications such as Eros, Chaos, Heaven and Earth Ouranos and Gaiaas well as more fully personified figures such as Zeus, Prometheus, and Aphrodite.

Idea was taken over into Latin and English, while eidos was translated into Latin as forma and into English as “form.

The paper discussed the idea that contemporary science appears to have started overcoming the duality which separates humans from nature.

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Platonic Forms are not conceptual abstractions that the human mind creates by generalizing from a class of particulars. There is no attention to where the rest of the world’s “world view” has come from and no mention of whether this revolution in Western thinking is visible anywhere else.

The Rebirth of Classical Humanism. Rjchard was the Reformation which was pushing for a literal, word-by-word interpretation of the Scripture, which was pushing for a Bible-based Christianity ontologically dualistic richqrd very pessimistic in relation to the rational capabilities of the human mind.

For why should the imagination of a stranger ever be able to conceive merely from within itself a myth that works so splendidly in the empirical world that whole civilizations can ths built on it as with Newton?

As learning developed, the scholars’ attitude toward Christian belief became less unthinking and more self-reflective.

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

Bringing It All Back Home. Dec 13, Robert rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tarnas argues that the movement from the Greek and Christian world views, through modernity and to postmodernism can be seen as a natural and dialectical unfolding of a collective mind or psyche.


That how someone who wrote a history of western thought including empiricism that is so eloquent and perceptive is making such insupportable claims is really beyond me. I never thought before that a modular approach to a subject — every section kept paxsion within its brief allotment of pages — was any way to learn, but Tarnas redeems modularity.

Quotes from The Passion of th Still, I would recommend this book to everyone who is not too scholary with an interest in a history of the western mind. Here one isn’t sure if Tarnas wants his readers to believe that one can actually remember the experience, an outrageous claim on the face of it, or is he’s simply offering a metaphor which Grof, his clients and Tarnas himself have found to be fruitful.

Further Developments in the High Middle Ages. I read in incredulity the extraordinary claim he made that the modern materialist scientific worldview which supposes that humanity may very well be an accident that is very likely not to occur if we rewind and replay the tape is, wait for it, anthropomorphic since it presupposes that the human mind can understand the Cosmos in a mechanistic framework, whereas the participatory epistemological framework outlined in the excerpt agove is not anthropomorphic at all!!!

Jung and Westrn, to Tarnas’ thinking, offer the next step in this evolution toward the Absolute with the archetypes of birth and the feminine.

Jun 03, Manuel Ridhard rated it liked it. The Reformation was as much a reactionary counter-revolution against the relaxed cultural syncretism displayed by the Renaissance Church’s embrace of the Classical pagan culture, as it was a quest for the Church purification undoubtedly needed at the time and return to its “pure” roots. The book is well worth the read. To be read in 7 parts. Every act of perception and cognition is contingent, mediated, situated, contextual, theory-soaked.

Further Contraries and the Augustinian Legacy. Ken Wilber, “Sidebar A: This is simply NOT what science is about: