EBOOK / PDF [The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View]


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  • The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View
  • Richard Tarnas
  • English
  • 28 March 2020
  • 9780345368096

Richard Tarnas ↠ 6 CHARACTERS

REVIEW The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View DOWNLOAD Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Richard Tarnas Richard Tarnas ↠ 6 CHARACTERS The near miracle of describing profound philosophical concepts simply but without simplifying them Ten years in the making already hailed as a classic THE PASSION OF THE WESERN MIND is truly a complete liberal education in a single volu. The subject matter is fascinating I can t say the same thing for Tarnas writing style however Tarnas seems to think his book is a game of Scrabble But you don t win points with readers when you employ unnecessary extended metaphors every other page write the same thing over and over in different ways and use complicated words when simpler ones would suffice With a good editor this book could be condensed into a readable form one that allows the average person to engage the material a bit better That said the material itself is interesting and Tarnas does make good points here I just wish I didn t have to plow through a pile of sludge to get to them Dragon ActuallyA Tale of Two Dragons unnecessary extended metaphors every other page write the same thing over and over in different ways and Darkness Before Dawn use complicated words when simpler ones would suffice With a good editor this book could be condensed into a readable form one that allows the average person to engage the material a bit better That said the material itself is interesting and Tarnas does make good points here I just wish I didn t have to plow through a pile of sludge to get to them

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REVIEW The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View DOWNLOAD Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Richard Tarnas Richard Tarnas ↠ 6 CHARACTERS This magnificent critical survey with its inherent respect for both the 'Westt's mainstream high culture' the 'radically changing world' of the 1990s offers a new breakthrough for lay scholarly readers alikeAllows readers to grasp the bi. I really can t remember how this book ended up on my to read shelf As I recently wanted to read a book on the history of thought like that of Bertrand Russell s History of Western Philosophy I picked this up since it is relatively recent and thus it would give an idea of some modern schools of thought like those of Postmodernism and Deconstructionism something Russell s book lacked since it is written in 1945 As a history of western thought this book is excellent I would highly recommend it if you are seeking to understand how the modern mind developed from the Greeks all the way to the present era It is erudite and beautifully written The author is extremely intelligent and observant up to a point anyway that I was aghast at the thought trajectories he cleverly traced and by which he connected thinkers from diverse periods and contexts with one another However as the book drew to its end I became and surprised by the claims Tarnas started making What these boil down to is that it is inconceivable that the world we live in is materialistic and without meaning Why it is inconceivable we are unfortunately not told Also he believes that our mere understanding of the world implies that there is meaning in it and the subject object duality separation between us as observers and the world is an illusion That how someone who wrote a history of western thought including empiricism that is so elouent and perceptive is making such insupportable claims is really beyond me Consider for example the following excerpt Why do these myths ever work If the human mind has no access to a priori certain truth and if all observations are always already saturated by uncertified assumptions about the world how could this mind possibly conceive a genuinely successful theory Popper answered this uestion by saying that in the end it is luck but this answer has never satisfied For why should the imagination of a stranger ever be able to conceive merely from within itself a myth that works so splendidly in the empirical world that whole civilizations can be built on it as with Newton How can something come from nothingI believe there is only one plausible answer to this riddle and it is an answer suggested by the participatory epistemological framework outlined above namely that the bold conjectures and myths that the human mind produces in its uest for knowledge ultimately come from something far deeper than a purely human source This is certainly amazing especially if you read what he had to say about Galileo Kepler and Newton in his rendering of some of their mistakes resulting from their flawed assumptions and worldviews let alone Popper s notion that whenever a theory is non falsifiable it is outside the purview of science This certainly is the most peculiar author I came across I read in incredulity the extraordinary claim he made that the modern materialist scientific worldview which supposes that humanity may very well be an accident that is very likely not to occur if we rewind and replay the tape is wait for it anthropomorphic since it presupposes that the human mind can understand the Cosmos in a mechanistic framework whereas the participatory epistemological framework outlined in the excerpt agove is not anthropomorphic at all I really really kid you not Fearful Hunter #1 up since it is relatively recent and thus it would give an idea of some modern schools of thought like those of Postmodernism and Deconstructionism something Russell s book lacked since it is written in 1945 As a history of western thought this book is excellent I would highly recommend it if you are seeking to The Wedding Day understand how the modern mind developed from the Greeks all the way to the present era It is erudite and beautifully written The author is extremely intelligent and observant Promise Me Tomorrow up to a point anyway that I was aghast at the thought trajectories he cleverly traced and by which he connected thinkers from diverse periods and contexts with one another However as the book drew to its end I became and surprised by the claims Tarnas started making What these boil down to is that it is inconceivable that the world we live in is materialistic and without meaning Why it is inconceivable we are Irresistible Intruder unfortunately not told Also he believes that our mere The Ripening Sun One Woman and the Creation of a Vineyard understanding of the world implies that there is meaning in it and the subject object duality separation between The Razor's Edge us as observers and the world is an illusion That how someone who wrote a history of western thought including empiricism that is so elouent and perceptive is making such insupportable claims is really beyond me Consider for example the following excerpt Why do these myths ever work If the human mind has no access to a priori certain truth and if all observations are always already saturated by The Old Man Who Loved Cheese uncertified assumptions about the world how could this mind possibly conceive a genuinely successful theory Popper answered this Doll 87th Precinct #20 uestion by saying that in the end it is luck but this answer has never satisfied For why should the imagination of a stranger ever be able to conceive merely from within itself a myth that works so splendidly in the empirical world that whole civilizations can be built on it as with Newton How can something come from nothingI believe there is only one plausible answer to this riddle and it is an answer suggested by the participatory epistemological framework outlined above namely that the bold conjectures and myths that the human mind produces in its Adam Green's Book Of Hollow Days uest for knowledge Stolen Stronger #1 ultimately come from something far deeper than a purely human source This is certainly amazing especially if you read what he had to say about Galileo Kepler and Newton in his rendering of some of their mistakes resulting from their flawed assumptions and worldviews let alone Popper s notion that whenever a theory is non falsifiable it is outside the purview of science This certainly is the most peculiar author I came across I read in incredulity the extraordinary claim he made that the modern materialist scientific worldview which supposes that humanity may very well be an accident that is very likely not to occur if we rewind and replay the tape is wait for it anthropomorphic since it presupposes that the human mind can

REVIEW The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View

REVIEW The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View DOWNLOAD Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Richard Tarnas Richard Tarnas ↠ 6 CHARACTERS G picture of Western culture for the first time SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Here are the great minds of Western civilization their pivotal ideas from Plato to Hegel from Augustine to Nietzsche from Copernicus to Freud Richard Tarnas performs. 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 As a brief introduction to the history of ideas it is to be recommended Even the wordy repetitiveness of Tarnas exposition may function as an aid to retention and understanding for beginnersHaving devoted decades to such studies myself I found most of the book to be a rehash of familiar ideas and would never have gone through the whole thing were it not given me as a gift by a distant friend I ll be seeing soon As it was however I did have the satisfaction of finding its very familiarity a confirmation that I have obtained a decent philosophical education Further I had the satisfaction of seeing some of my own judgments my prejudices such as regards the vital centrality of Kant reinforced by the authorWhat surprised me was the emphasis that Tarnas puts on CG Jung Again I had the satisfaction of reading his claim that Jung was a thoroughgoing Kantian the very topic of my textually definitive master s thesis on that topic But beyond that Tarnas goes further than I would seeing Jung as propounding a synthesis and resolution of conflicting worldviews much as Kant at least temporarily as he puts it reconciled the physical sciences to ethics and religionTarnas doesn t so much focus on Jung though as he does on the psychotherapist Stanislas Grof seen substantially in terms of Jungian archetype theory Here building on a weak foundation a conceptual structure is built in the last tenth of the book which I found unsupportableBasically 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 In other words its the old simplistic and according to Walter Kaufmann unfair Hegelian three step of thesisantithesissynthesis at a higher level Jung and Grof to Tarnas thinking offer the next step in this evolution toward the Absolute with the archetypes of birth and the feminineHere Tarnas gets too fuzzy for me to appreciate his thinking First of all neither Jung nor Grof wereare philosophers Second archetype theory itself is like admittedly Kant s table of categories in its detail the shadow the animaus the wise old man the puer aeternas the Self and so on indefinitely poorly evidenced some of the archetypes having some much less evidential basis some of them having some much less logical necessity some of them having some much less biological correlation Grof he tells us offers the ultimate achetype ultimate for this era at least in the rediscovery of what Otto Rank called the birth trauma the progressive from uterine bliss to the trauma of passing through the birth canal to the awakening in the greater world 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 If it s just a metaphor fine fuzzy as it is especially as Tarnas doesn t go into the fundamental difference between birthing as a mother and being birthed irrespective of gender a difference one would expect to be emphasized given the weight he gives otherwise to gender differences But that very weak interpretation isn t clearly distinguished from the stronger existential one that we all of us collectively and at the very core of our experience KNOW its truthWhere he is stronger as regards Jung think applied to civilization and its discontents is in reference to Jung s observation that the universe becomes conscious in us That makes some sense but he hardly develops the idea spending much 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 textStill all my objections to Tarnas concluding fuzziness aside the bulk of this book is a worthy introduction to the history of philosophy in the West Fearful Hunter #1 understanding for beginnersHaving devoted decades to such studies myself I found most of the book to be a rehash of familiar ideas and would never have gone through the whole thing were it not given me as a gift by a distant friend I ll be seeing soon As it was however I did have the satisfaction of finding its very familiarity a confirmation that I have obtained a decent philosophical education Further I had the satisfaction of seeing some of my own judgments my prejudices such as regards the vital centrality of Kant reinforced by the authorWhat surprised me was the emphasis that Tarnas puts on CG Jung Again I had the satisfaction of reading his claim that Jung was a thoroughgoing Kantian the very topic of my textually definitive master s thesis on that topic But beyond that Tarnas goes further than I would seeing Jung as propounding a synthesis and resolution of conflicting worldviews much as Kant at least temporarily as he puts it reconciled the physical sciences to ethics and religionTarnas doesn t so much focus on Jung though as he does on the psychotherapist Stanislas Grof seen substantially in terms of Jungian archetype theory Here building on a weak foundation a conceptual structure is built in the last tenth of the book which I found The Wedding Day unsupportableBasically 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 Promise Me Tomorrow understanding In other words its the old simplistic and according to Walter Kaufmann Irresistible Intruder unfair Hegelian three step of thesisantithesissynthesis at a higher level Jung and Grof to Tarnas thinking offer the next step in this evolution toward the Absolute with the archetypes of birth and the feminineHere Tarnas gets too fuzzy for me to appreciate his thinking First of all neither Jung nor Grof wereare philosophers Second archetype theory itself is like admittedly Kant s table of categories in its detail the shadow the animaus the wise old man the puer aeternas the Self and so on indefinitely poorly evidenced some of the archetypes having some much less evidential basis some of them having some much less logical necessity some of them having some much less biological correlation Grof he tells The Ripening Sun One Woman and the Creation of a Vineyard us offers the The Razor's Edge ultimate achetype The Old Man Who Loved Cheese ultimate for this era at least in the rediscovery of what Otto Rank called the birth trauma the progressive from Doll 87th Precinct #20 uterine bliss to the trauma of passing through the birth canal to the awakening in the greater world 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 If it s just a metaphor fine fuzzy as it is especially as Tarnas doesn t go into the fundamental difference between birthing as a mother and being birthed irrespective of gender a difference one would expect to be emphasized given the weight he gives otherwise to gender differences But that very weak interpretation isn t clearly distinguished from the stronger existential one that we all of Adam Green's Book Of Hollow Days us collectively and at the very core of our experience KNOW its truthWhere he is stronger as regards Jung think applied to civilization and its discontents is in reference to Jung s observation that the Stolen Stronger #1 universe becomes conscious in


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    EBOOK / PDF [The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View] Richard Tarnas ↠ 6 CHARACTERS DOWNLOAD Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Richard Tarnas This is a very important well written and dense treatise about the history of ideas in Western Civilization The author manages to condense in a single book all the major stepping stones of the intellectual history of the West and he manages to achieve this result without seriously compromising on depth and accur

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View] This was a very interesting book about cultural philosophy 95% of the book is a survey from Plato to Postmodernism In the last 5% of the book Tarnas uses the entire trajectory of western thought to present his reflections regarding the direction in which culture may be headed Although my comprehension of what he describes remains incomplete I'll attempt a brief review of only the epilogueTarnas shows that the Scientif

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View] Though this book was written in 1991 it still serves as an excellent analysis of the paralysis of the modern world Richard Tarnas is primaril

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View] 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 As a brief introduction to the history of ideas it is to be recommended Even the wordy repetitiveness of Tarnas' exposition may function as an aid

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    Richard Tarnas ↠ 6 CHARACTERS DOWNLOAD Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Richard Tarnas REVIEW The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View I am glad I read this book but woo am I glad I'm done with it It took me 6 weeks to read and was very intellectual

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    REVIEW The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View Richard Tarnas ↠ 6 CHARACTERS DOWNLOAD Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Richard Tarnas The subject matter is fascinating I can't say the same thing for Tarnas' writing style however Tarnas seems to think his book is a game of Scrabble But you don't win points with readers when you employ unnecessary extended metaphors every other page write the same thing over and over in different ways and use complicated words when simpler ones would suffice With a good editor this book could be condensed into a reada

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    Richard Tarnas ↠ 6 CHARACTERS EBOOK / PDF [The Passion of the Western Mind Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View] Joseph Campbell called this book the most lucid and concise presentation I have read of the grand linesof Western thought High praise from someone who would know Tarnas' greatest achievement to my mind is the lucidity of his prose which makes this an enormously readable survey of the Western Mind from the Greeks to the Post ModernsTarnas' objective for creating this opus is similar to what Campbell wished to do that is to create t

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