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Passion of the Western Mind,
By A Customer
This review is from: Passion of the Western Mind (Paperback)
This is the best of its kind on the history of the direction of western ideas, although its dense and on the occassion Tarnas tends to get bogged down in long sentenses, you get into it, and its definately no problem if your already accustomed to reading things like that, so Tarnas achives his aim to put forth the concepts simply but without simplifying them. Far from being a book of bluntly written facts the author made it a 'open', lucid reading experience that leaves you thinking. Its clever and subtle structure leaves you plenty of similarities and connections to drew and reflect upon, I say 'subtle' because its as though the author did not intentionally put them in, so you might breeze over it as it doesnt blatently engage you. This deosnt mean he was biased in writing it, the author just gives his exellent and uncloured interpreatation and conclusion of the facts, which is the most anyone can do.
The author goes on to give some of his own great ideas on why things are the way they are and the meaning of the history of western philosophy, and where its going from the present, philosophically aswell as as a spieces. Highly Recomended!