"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)
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'3,000 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
'An appealing independent scholar, Tarnas takes time to describe profound matters even while moving on to further considerations.' Seattle Times
The Passion of the Western Mind is a complete guide to Western civilisation and the philosophical ideas that have shaped our world view. From Plato to Hegel, from Augustine to Nietzsche, from Copernicus to Freud, Richard Tarnas describes profound philosophical concepts simply, but without simplifying them.
Ten years in the making, The Passion of the Western Mind was hailed as an instant classic on publication. In it, Tarnas provides a compelling account of the evolution of the Western mind and its changing conception of reality. Advances on several fronts - in philosophy, psychology, religious studies and the history of science - have shed new light on this remarkable evolution and Tarnas draws together these advances to set forth a new perspective for understanding our culture's intellectual and spiritual history. The result is a complete liberal education in a single volume.
With a new afterword by the author
'The most lucid and concise presentation I have read of Western thought... A noble performance' Joseph Campbell