> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407053998
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560

The Passion Of The Western Mind

Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View




The most lucid and concise presentation of Western thought. The writing is elegant and carries the reader with the momentum of a novel. 'It really is a noble performance.' - Joseph Campbell

'The most thrilling narrative of the West's 3000-year odyssey in pursuit of truth accessible to a broad public. . . 'A work of genius. ' HELLINIC JOURNAL Here are the great minds of Western civilization and their pivotal ideas, from Plato to Hegel, from Augustine to Nietzsche, from Copernicus to Freud. Richard Tarnas performs the near-miracle of describing profound philosophical concepts SIMPLY but without simplifying them. Ten years in the making and already hailed as a classic, THE PASSION OF THE WESTERN MIND is truly a complete liberal education in a single volume. [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

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407053998
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560

About the Author

Richard Tarnas

Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., is Distinguished Rockefeller Faculty, Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and is director of its programme in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. A graduate of Harvard University and Saybrook Institute, he was formerly director of programmes and education at Esalen Institute.


Praise for The Passion Of The Western Mind

“The most thrilling narrative of the West's 3000-year odyssey in pursuit of truth accessible to a broad public. . . A work of genius.”

Hellenic Journal

“[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

“The most lucid and concise presentation of Western thought. The writing is elegant and carries the reader with the momentum of a novel. . . It really is a noble performance.”

Joseph Campbell

“I have never read a book about the ways in which we think that was clearer or more exciting”

John Cleese


Related titles