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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The great drama of the evolution of the Western Mind is described passionately and in a gripping pqssion enjoyable book, where the critical concepts and world-views, as expressed by the major philosopher throughout history, are beautifully expressed in a concise but scholarly valuable way.
Passion of the Western Mind
That how someone who wrote a history of western thought including empiricism that is tarnax eloquent and perceptive is making such insupportable claims is really beyond me.
It provides a wonderful context by describing the leading ideas of an historical time period. Then the epilogue gets kind of woo-woo, with the hypothesis that our collective consciousness is the co-creator of reality.
Nine-tenths or so of this book is a very conventional, albeit prolix, survey of the history of philosophical thinking in the West from the pre-Socratics to the present. He also openly opposed the Crusades, which means he was incredibly bold and defiantly compassionate.
Integral Historiography in a Postmodern Age shambhala. In papers posted to the Shambhala Tanras website inKen Wilber called Tarnas a ” boomeritis theorist”, and criticized rochard for using Abraham Maslow as a ” whipping boy “,  for allegedly misusing Thomas Kuhn ‘s concept of the paradigm and for allegedly engaging in ” hermeneutic violence” by using a metanarrative which denies hierarchical stages.
It is erudite and beautifully written. The way Kuhn used the term “paradigm,” of course, has been badly misunderstood by the public and by most critics and appropriators of the term, mindd incorrectly use it to mean some sort of theory or super theory. The Problem of the Planets.
I never thought before that a modular approach to minc subject — every section kept firmly within its brief allotment of pages — was any way to learn, but Tarnas redeems modularity. Refresh and try again. Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View Richard Tarnas Ballantine- Philosophy – pages 7 Reviews “[This] magnificent critical survey, with its inherent respect for both the ‘Westt’s mainstream high culture’ and the ‘radically changing world’ of the s, offers a new breakthrough for lay and scholarly readers alike Print Hardcover and Paperback.
Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World Views
Well, to be honest I find this wwestern, out-of-the’s, LSD-driven approach deeply unsatisfactory and obsolete Freud in particular has been discredited and even within the psychologists confraternity his views are not widely popular either. Speaking in these broad terms, and eichard of the inexactness of such generalities, we may say that the Greek universe was ordered by a plurality of timeless essences which underlay concrete reality, giving it form and meaning.
Excellent introduction to western philosophy. No trivia or quizzes yet.
This participatory epistemology, developed in different ways by Goethe, Hegel, Steiner, and others, can be understood not as a regression to naive participation mystiquebut as the dialectical synthesis of the long evolution from the primordial undifferentiated consciousness through the dualistic alienation. 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.
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May 24, Corey rated it really liked it. Furthermore, I had the satisfaction of seeing some of my own judgments my prejudicessuch as regards the vital centrality of Kant, reinforced by the author. Tarnas shows that the Scientific Enlightenment created a paradigm shift in richqrd collective human psyche, which resulted in a disenchanted worldview and the modern characteristic of existential alienation.
I’m really glad that Tarnas was able to keep it separate from the rest of his book except perhaps when he starts praising Jung and only briefly mentioning Freud. Contents The Archetypal Forms.
Jun 03, Manuel Alfonseca rated it liked it. As it was, however, I did have the satisfaction of finding its very familiarity a confirmation that I have obtained a decent philosophical education. Overall, it is a really important, provocative, insightful book worth reading and well deserving a 4 stars.
For sure, it’s a recommend if you’re looking for a great historical survey of the western philosophical mind. But you don’t win points with readers when you employ unnecessary extended metaphors every other page, write the same thing mknd and over in different ways, and use complicated words when simpler ones would suffice.
The greatness of the intellectual synthesis accomplished by Aquinas is beautifully expressed by the author. Radical uncertainty prevails, for in the end what one knows and experiences is to an indeterminate extent a projection. The Virgin Mary and the Mother Church. Dec 29, Kathryn Bashaar rated it really liked it.
Yet it neglects othe Tarnas aptly delineates the trajectory of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratic era to postmodernism: Views Read Edit View history. The Transformation of the Medieval Era. 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.
That makes some sense, but he hardly develops the idea, spending much more time with Grof’s birth business than with Jung’s rather commonplace, but potentially profound, observation some of the implications of which are explored by Heidegger and other phenomenologists hardly even mentioned in the text.
And the great scholastic awakening which happened in the late Middle Ages is a testament to this, as represented in its most magnificent form by the intellectual quest of Thomas Aquinas. A good history of Philosophy. The universal is a separate entity from the particular and, because it is beyond change and never passes away, is superior in its reality.
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Tarnas, though, grounds that grasp of the present in the intellectual traditions that shaped the modern world, and begins in ancient Greece. Because Socrates and Plato believed that knowledge of virtue was necessary for a person to live a life of virtue, westerj universal concepts of justice and goodness seemed imperative for a genuine ethics.
Last, Tarnas shows how this trajectory of the Western mind “has been driven by a heroic impulse to forge an autonomous rational human self by separating itself from the primordial unity with nature.
Paesion, Tarnas does an admirable job in presenting a cohesive narrative, encompassing a wide range of sources and identifying the continuous, backwards-looking strand that connects the doctrines and theories. Jul 14, Kevin Fuller rated it it was amazing. Man inherently attaches Reality to the universe by viewing the world through the apriori lenses of time, space, cause and effect and so on. To be read in 7 parts. So now, we have a dead and lifeless vast impersonal universe inhabited by man, who, due to his psychological makeup, can never understand said world objectively.