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يتناول كتاب آلام العقل الغربي : فهم الأفكار التي قامت بصياغة نظرتنا إلى العالم الموضوع من خلال سبعة أجزاء الجزء الأول في نظرة الإغريق إلى العالم، الجزء الثاني في تحول الحقبة الكلاسيكية، الجزء الثالث في النظرة المسيحية إلى العالم، الجزء الرابع في تحول الحقبة القروسطية، الجزء الخامس في النظرة الحديثة إلى العالم، الجزء السادس في تحول الحقبة الحديثة، الجزء السابع في ذيل...
Hardcover, الطبعة الأولى, 635 pages
Published 2010 by مكتبة العبيكان (first published 1991)
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Brock R Yes, I was immensely disappointed with the epilogue. It should have been prefaced with an author personal bias warning or better yet, not included at …moreYes, I was immensely disappointed with the epilogue. It should have been prefaced with an author personal bias warning or better yet, not included at all.(less)

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Karl-O
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 i
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Corey
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. I took a class with the author, and when we brought up the invisibility of women in history, and in his book, he became defensive and told us we had an "allergy" towards him...still not sure what that means. As he explained throughout the three day course, he understands what it means to be a woman because he's experienced childbirth during L ...more
WarpDrive
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 accuracy.
The great drama of the evolution of the Western Mind is described passionately and in a gripping and enjoyable book, where the critical concepts and world-views, as expressed by
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Robert
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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 epilogue:

Tarnas shows that the Scientific Enlightenment created a paradigm shift in the collective human psyche,
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Clay Kallam
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Though this book was written in 1991, it still serves as an excellent analysis of the paralysis of the modern world. Richard Tarnas is primarily focused on philosophers and philosophy, but a glance at the present political situation reveals how strong the connection is between the loss of a common paradigm (or even two or three) and the confusion that confounds the global society.

Tarnas, though, grounds that grasp of the present in the intellectual traditions that shaped the modern world, and be
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Erik Graff
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those seeking a 1-volume introduction to Western thought
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: philosophy
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 beginners.

Having 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
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Kathryn Bashaar
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 intellectually challenging. It is a very well-done history of Western thought, just at the right level for me. It gets a little depressing when he gets to the post-modern era. Bottom line: after centuries of the best minds trying to understand ourselves and the world we live in, we can know nothing with certainty. Then the epilogue gets kind of woo-woo, with the hypothesis that our collectiv ...more
Maria
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more readable form- one that allows the average person to engage the materia ...more
Tom Lombardo
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology
Joseph Campbell called this book "the most lucid and concise presentation I have read of the grand lines...of 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 Moderns.

Tarnas' objective for creating this opus is similar to what Campbell wished to do: that is, to create the possibility for an integration of all cultures and
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St Jerome
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘The world is said to have been built on ideas, that which has so far shaped our conception of it. The Western mode of thinking and doing things has evolved through the ages bringing it to where it now stands. The book ‘Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that have Shaped our World’ by Richard Tarnas aims at producing a chronological narratives of how ideas and thought have evolved in the Western world through time especially in the history of philosophy and how also these thoug ...more
Sohaib
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tarnas aptly delineates the trajectory of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratic era to postmodernism: a long laborious journey from Homer, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle (Greek era); to Jesus Christ, Paul, Augustine and Aquinas (Christian Medieval era); and then Copernicus, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Goethe, Hegel, Freud and Jung (Modern era); and finally a quick turn at Nietzsche and (Postmodernism). Of course, these figures are central; the narrative encompasses more. Yet it neglects othe ...more
Robert
May 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
An impressive synthesis of a lot of material; excellent review of the "Greek mind" and how it persists; of the "Judeao-Christian mind" and how it persists. Perhaps most provocative is the suggestion that we are somehow mystically evolving into a new consciousness (Gaia), and that the roots of this come out of Freud, Jung, Groff, and the psychedelics, with an accompanying shift from a masculine dominated intellectual culture to a feminine one.

One HUGE omission: what about the non-Western mind? T
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Marc
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, greece
Beautiful synthesis of the development of Western thinking (starting with the Greeks), but with a a very narrow focus on philosophy (metaphysics and epistomology) and strangely also on astrology. The first 400 pages seem really excellent, at times even brillant, but then Tarnas deviates into a rather psychedelic ally.
David Withun
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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David D'Andrea
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, lucid and concise overview of western thought. I'm familiar with a fair amount of the material that Tarnas surveys here, and I'd say that he accurately and effectively conveys the essentials of their arguments. It's like the best SparkNotes ever written, except that rather than summarizing an author in isolation he integrates them in an intelligible historical narrative. I’d recommend this as resource material for anyone doing an arts degree - especially for those studying philosophy, his ...more
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
The author had the ability to write the story of the development of understanding our place in the universe and how we fit in it as if he were writing a novel. The narrative flows that well. He's a very good writer.

The author steps the reader through the development of how we think about knowledge. The heavens above, the home of the Gods, are first thought of as perfect: universal, necessary, and certain. Overtime, through rational thought and coupling with experience we start to understand the
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Jenell
Apr 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes history or thought they didn't like history
Recommended to Jenell by: one of my college teachers
Shelves: history
Richard Tarnas' book, The Passion of the Western Mind, descriptively and eloquently chronicles the evolution of human discoveries and consciousness (from the time of ancient Greece to modern times). I'm a homeschooling mom and am currently using Tarnas' book to prepare myself for history lessons with my child. It provides a wonderful context by describing the leading ideas of an historical time period. In that way I can help my daughter understand the culture and motivations of a people so that ...more
Willa
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me a great overview of the history of our thinking, and tremendous respect for the long traditions we benefit from. It links the different eras in a brilliant way and gives just the right level of detail to really understand each era, including the Greeks, the Christians, the Enlightenment and modern thinking.
Only the last chapter on Postmodernism doesn't quite make it - but given that this book was published before Ken Wilber's greatest works (in 1991) so had not benefited from I
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Mjaballah
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book to read in order to understand Western thought and its development. If you want to close the gap between how you and westerners tend to view much of the world around us, then this book helps you get on that track. It defines the line of thought through which they have progressed to where they are today. Very surprising stories... e.g. "Human Evolution" was actually conceived to great detail by the Pre-Socratic Greeks?

This book is currently leading me on a philosophical ramp
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Naeem
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for the how Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton changed our understanding of the cosmos. Tarnas is very good on this. But there is much, much more besides.

I took off one star for his conclusion which pushes his viewpoint a bit too far -- Jung over Freud. And one star for never confronting the problem of the temporal and spatial boundaries of the "West." And for his vast understatement of the influence of Hegel and Marx. The both appear but do not get as large a role as, say, D
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Manuel Alfonseca
A good history of Philosophy. It has the problem, however, that the author looks at his subject with such a passion, that he seems to agree with most theories, including those that are diametrically opposite! On the other hand, his treatment of Christian philosophy is a little (just a little) disparaging.
Isaac
A fascinating book that covers the progress of philosophical and religious thought throughout the ages. It’s a journey through the cliff notes of human development. It’s a telling witness to humanity coming full circle from the Sophists, Socrates, Plato, Stoicism, Epicureanism, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes, Newton, Hume, Kant, Darwin, Marx, Freud, Jung, until we get to the Crisis of Modern Science. How fitting that modern science with quantum mechani ...more
Kevin Fuller
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tarnas begins with Plato, working backward and forward from him. Plato's Forms, in particular, set the stage for the rest of the book, in my view. According to Plato, there are transcendent Forms for 'Man', 'Tree', 'Woman', for example, that the soul was exposed to before birth and remembers later in life. These Forms are timeless, trancendent and most, Beautiful.
Aristotle, the tenth in line from Pythagoras, quickly relegates Plato's Forms to the particular, noting their birth, maturation and d
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Tim
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, 1-owned
Tarnas begins with an intention to deal with a variety of material so large that its capacity to fit into one (fairly short) volume initially seems questionable. However, 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. Unlike other attempts of the same nature, the presentation of the various viewpoints is done in a consistently fair and convinci ...more
India
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good book. It is a nice overview of western philosophy. I like the extensive chronology of western philosophy in the back of the book.

I do take issue with his conclusion that the silencing of women's voices is not just "social restriction" but instead "archetypal" and a necessary step in the formation of the human psyche. I disagree and know that women have made contributions that we are unaware of because our society has decided that it is ok that they have no voice. I did no
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Elzinus
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Written with energy - a constant rhythm of amazement. To bad this book is (very) uncritical, it just tells and tells without much arguments. What's worse is are lines like:

"A spontaneous and irreducible revolution of consciousness was taking place, affecting virtually every aspect of Western culture. Amidst high drama and painful convulsions, modern man was born in the Renaissance, "trailing clouds of glory.""

A few paragraphs earlier Tarnas states that this revolution of consciousness cannot be
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Dana
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I thought this book provided a great introduction to the major intellectual ideas as they moulded throughout time. However, and perhaps this is because I am a Lacanian, I thought the epilogue of this book was AWFUL. 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). As Lacan said, "there is no sexual relationship," so the fact that Tarnas provides this as the basis for his ide ...more
Peter Vicaire
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's some pretty enjoyable, heady stuff, canvassing the philosophical minds of the ancient Greeks and early Christians through the middle ages, the enlightenment, and the sparks of the "modern" world. However, it does seem to thin out somewhat in the latter stages of the book relative to the earlier pages. Interestingly, I actually took 1.5 years to fumble my way through it - putting it down for months at a time in between philosophical eras. That unintentional reading method didn't take away ...more
Sarah
This is an amazing overview of the entire history and legacy of Western thought from the Ancient Greeks to contemporary times, covering along the way the Medieval and Renaissance mind as well as the development of the modern worldview. Though it necessarily glosses over more detailed explorations of specific philosophers and movements, the author includes the ideas that are most fundamentally important to how we think today and puts them in a historical context. I now feel like I have a much bet ...more
Matt Butler
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a book like this before. By that I mean I went through The Passion of The Western Mind with a 500 pack of highlighter tabs, making detailed notes at the end of the chapter. After the first few page, I knew reading this book quickly would not do it justice. I sensed there was so much to get out of this book, and I would recommend any other readers to do the same.

The emergence of the Western mind strikes me as a story of searching for meaning. The Greeks and Christians found comf
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Richard Theodore Tarnas (born February 21, 1950) is a cultural historian known for his books The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View. Tarnas is professor of philosophy and psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and is the founding director of its graduate program in Philosop ...more

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