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The Passion of the Western Mind is a major new presentation of the evolution of the consciousness of Western culture, from the dawn of Western civilization to the dawn of the twenty-first century. Tarnas traces the interplay of philosophy, religion, and science as they have converged to mold our culture and our world view. In The Passion of the Western Mind are the great minds and their pivotal ideas, from Socrates, Plato, Augustine, and Aquinas to Descartes, Kant, Freud, and Jung.
"[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