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

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"[This] magnificent critical survey, with its inherent respect for both the 'Westt'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 for the first time."
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 WESERN MIND is truly a complete liberal education in a single volume.

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Richard Tarnas is a Harvard-educated historian and professor of philosophy and psychology, and the author of The Passion of the Western Mind. In 2006 he published Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the UKHe is the founding director of the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness graduate studies program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and also teaches on the faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute.
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Oct 19, 2011
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Philosophy / Epistemology
Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Philosophy / Reference
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Argues that philosophical reflection today must include the findings of depth psychology and the critical study of non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Combining philosophical reflections with deep self-exploration to delve into the ancient mystery of death and rebirth, this book emphasizes collective rather than individual transformation. Drawing upon twenty years of experience working with nonordinary states, Bache argues that when the deep psyche is hyper-stimulated using Stanislav Grof's powerful therapeutic methods, the healing that results sometimes extends beyond the individual to the collective unconscious of humanity itself.

Dark Night, Early Dawn is the most important book I have read in recent years. Whenever I present a brief summary of its major ideas, either to students in my graduate classes or to general audiences, it unfailingly arouses intense interest. I believe Bache's work evokes this response because he has articulated, with superb clarity, rigor, and depth of insight, a radically expanded perspective on the deeper nature of individual human experience, a perspective that many have been gradually intuiting but had not yet been able clearly to formulate.

"With moving honesty and a rare lack of inflation, Bache has brought forth a conception of the human psyche that intimately reconnects the personal ordeals and awakenings of the individual to the larger collective suffering and spiritual transformation of the entire human species, at this most crucial of historical thresholds. This is a book to read soon and to integrate carefully." -- Richard Tarnas, author of The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View

"This very important contribution to transpersonal psychology, I know very few books that represent such a unique balance of critical thinking and deep personal experience. The author's extensive knowledge of philosophical, religious, and psychological literature makes it possible for him to provide solid grounding for the profound insights from his nonordinary states of consciousness. Brings unusual clarity into several important problem areas and represents an important step toward an integration and synthesis of the observations and experiences involved. Christopher Bache is one of the most creative and imaginative thinkers in the transpersonal field." -- Stanislav Grof, author of The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness and Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy

Christopher M. Bache is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University. He is the author of Lifecycles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life.
 في الكتاب حشد لأصحاب العقول العظيمة في الحضارة الغربية وأفكارهم المحورية، من أفلاطون إلى هيغل، من أوغسطين إلى نيتشه، من كوبرنيك إلى فرويد. ينجح ريتشارد تارناس في اجتراح ما يشبه المعجزة المتمثلة في وصف مفاهيم فلسفية عميقة بسهولة ولكن دون سهولتها بات سفراً كلاسيكياً، ولما يمض ِعلى نشره سوى عشر سنوات؛ إنه كتاب آلام العقل الغربي، الذي هو مكتبة ليبرالية كاملة في مجلد واحد.

«أحد أكثر الكتب التي قرأتها: تنويراً وإقناعاً وجمال كتابة ويسر محاجة وأهمية». -كايث ثومبسون«أكثر روايات أوديسة الغرب التي امتدت ثلاثين قرناً بحثاً عن الحقيقة - إثارة في متناول الجمهور العريض، الذي يعرفه كاتب هذه الأسطر. إنه إنجاز عبقري». - هاريسون شبرد، ذه هيلينك جورنال«أفضل تواريخ الفكر الغربي الذي سبق لي أن رأيته ملموماً بين دفتي كتاب واحد».  - هيوستون سميث، مؤلف أديان العالم«إنه مسح نقدي رائع، باحترامه المتأصل لكل من «ثقافة التيار الرئيس العليا في الغرب» و«العالم المتغير جذرياً» في عقد تسعينيات القرن العشرين، يوفر اختراقاً جديداً بالنسبة إلى العامة والاختصاصيين من القراء على حدٍّ سواء.. يمكنهم من التقاط الصورة الكبرى للثقافة الغربية، كما لو كان ذلك يحصل للمرة الأولى».- باتريشيا هولت، سان فرانسيسكو كرونكل«قوي، وسيبقى داعماً لنا عقوداً في الألفية الجديدة». جون سكلي، رئيس ومدير تنفيذي لشركة حواسيب.«إنه كتاب ممتاز وساحر  ومأثرة: آسرة مثل رواية بوليسية؛ مثيرة مثل قصيدة. تتميز كتابة تارناس باليسر، بالتألق، بالحماسة، وهو يكشف لنا عن الدراما العظيمة لتطور العقل الغربي، فصلاً بعد فصل، مشهداً بعد آخر، بتفصيلٍ موجز وبحثي».  آن بيرنغ، ريسيرجنس

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