The second volume of Analytical Psychology and German Classical Aesthetics builds on the previous volume to show how German classicism, specifically the classical aesthetics associated with Goethe and Schiller known as Weimar classicism, was a major influence on psychoanalysis and analytical psychology alike.
This volume examines such significant parallels between analytical psychology and Weimar classicism as the methodological similarities between Goethe’s morphological and Jung’s archetypal approaches, which both seek to use synthesis as well as analysis in their attempt to understand the world. It also focuses on the project of the construction of the self, which, it is argued, is not only a personal but also a cultural activity.
This book, like its previous volume, aims to clarify the intellectual continuity between Weimar classicism and analytical psychology. It will be of interest to both students and scholars in the fields of analytical psychology, comparative literature, and the history of ideas.
"Analytical Psychology and German Classical Aesthetics is an endlessly fascinating account of a complex and important influence. It is written in tightly-argued but always accessible jargon-free prose and it is published simultaneously in hardback and a handsomely-designed paper cover. It can be strongly recommended not only to all Jungian analysts and scholars working within Jungian Studies, but to everyone interested in the history of ideas." - Terence Dawson, International Journal of Jungian Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, September 2009
Introduction. The Reception of Goethe in the Works of Freud. Aesthetic, Symbol, and Self. Faust, Alchemy, and Culture. Conclusion: The Constellation of the Self.