PDF | Summary of the Book written by Richard Tarnas about how ideas that have been generated through time shaped the thinking in the West. Richard Tarnas performs the near-miracle of describing profound philosophical The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped. 10 Sep I never thought before that a modular approach to a subject – every section kept firmly within its brief allotment of pages – was any way to learn.

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Yet this existential tarnsa is necessary for new birth. A particular thing is what it is by virtue of the Idea informing it. Any way you read his outline, though, it’s quite brilliant. The philosophies of Plato and Aristotle move to the Arabics during the Dark Ages, until the medieval times, when the Arabics courteously return the two behemoths to western civilization where St. Passion of the Western Mind: This next stage largely involves synthesizing the masculine nature of Western philosophy and science with a feminine, holistic understanding of the unity of all living things.

Mar 21, Marc rated it it was ok Shelves: Jun 03, Manuel Alfonseca rated it liked it. Furthermore, Irchard had the satisfaction of seeing some of my own judgments passlon prejudicessuch as regards the vital centrality of Kant, reinforced by the author.

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

With Abelard’s Sic et Non Yes and Noa compilation of apparently contradictory statements by various Church authorities, medieval thinkers became increasingly preoccupied with the possible plurality of truth, with debate between competing arguments, and with the growing power of pasison reason for discerning correct doctrine.

Thus, the mystical experience is mmind just a private distorted experience of an isolated ego, but rather the emergence of nature herself, a direct intuitive apprehension of reality itself.

Western man, through the prevailing dichotomy of his science and religion, has raped women, the environment, destroyed the ozone, produced the atomic bomb, and on and on. In Plato, the Good, the True and the Beautiful are united.


The paswion complexity of this period is also conveyed very effectively. Something is “beautiful” to the exact extent that the archetype of Beauty is present in it.

Lists with This Book. From Ferrer to Tarnas to Hickman to Delores to Beliot, you can see these invalid and inauthentic metanarratives parading as sensitive, caring, empathic resonances, whereas they are hermeneutic violence by any other name. The narrative flows that well. The Evolution of World Views.

Though he is distilling numerous complex philosophical and religious views into a relatively few pages, he does so with grace and precision. Plato used the Greek words idea and eidos interchangeably. Contraries Within the Christian Vision. With a good editor, this book could be condensed into a more readable form- one that allows the average person to engage the material a bit better.

But ruchard typically incorrect use has Kuhn exactly backward. According to Tarnas, the dualistic shift that began with Descartes and the Enlightenment was not paswion a fractured way of seeing the world nor the opposite of the Romantics, but rather an archetypal birth process in the evolution of the human mind.

Here Tarnas westsrn too fuzzy for me to appreciate his thinking. Richard Tarnas Limited preview passjon For a book that describes itself as one the encompasses the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View, there was very little mention of the roles women played.

It amazes me that we ever really got out of the 80s yes, the book was published inbut he thinks in 80s paradigms with its non refutable pyshoanalytical thought and its archetypal forms “I know your repressed because you deny your own repression”.

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Order by newest oldest recommendations. I did no This was a pretty good book.

History has been dominated by white european males. Sep 10, Mjaballah rated it really liked it.

The Nature of Revolutionary Social Transformation page 1 ” shambhala. Knowledge derived from the senses is merely opinion and is fallible by any nonrelative standard. Because Socrates and Plato believed that knowledge of virtue was necessary for a person to live a life of virtue, objective universal concepts of ;assion and goodness seemed imperative for a genuine ethics.


At its basis was a view of the cosmos as an ordered expression of certain primordial essences or transcendent first principles, variously conceived as Forms, Ideas, universals, changeless absolutes, immortal deities, divine archai, and archetypes.

The temples to Zeus, Athena and Apollo are clearly a celebration of mathematical elegance and human rationality as much as a celebration of the divine. Open Preview See a Problem?

For Tarnas, doing this involves delving deep into consciousness, where we find that “the bold conjectures and myths that the human mind produces in its quest for knowledge ultimately come from something far deeper that a purely human source. Beauty is only an attribute of the particular, not its essence.

MacLaren wrote that Passion “triggered a desire to understand my own belief system and how it connected to the universal issues of being human”. Basically, the idea is that we, in this ‘post-Modern’ era, are alienated from the world, that, in fact, the history of philosophy is a history of successive alienations via the thought of such figures as Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche and Darwin, all of whom overturned old certainties while attempting to posit new models of understanding.

I actually think that this is a profoundly misguided perspective of existentialism, whose main message is, in my opinion, profoundly optimistic and liberating, a deeply Promethean cry for the power of man to choose, to radically self-define and create the meaning of himself and his fo role in the Universe: Wesern a very good writer.

Finally on to the postmodern picture.