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Epiphany, Individuation and Human Flourishing
Nature, Beauty, Art

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ISBN 9780367085469
May 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
136 Pages

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Book Description

Within this book, Gray argues that moments of profound existential importance are given to us in the presence of art, and that such moments are important motivators in our personal, civic and moral lives.

Using the work of Jung, Freud, Berger and Nussbaum, this book looks to art in its theory and practice as a driver of psychic epiphany. Examining music, environment, architecture, poetry, and paining, it traces the relationship between the ordinary and the extraordinary, showing how we can and do locate ourselves beyond our own psyches in a world of artistic endeavour. Gray concludes that art plays a critical role in psychological practice and human flourishing on an individual and collective level.

Epiphany, Individuation and Human Flourishing will appeal to artists, art theorists, therapists and analysts as a teaching tool that demonstrates the possible connections that can be made among the arts, sciences and psycho-therapeutic communities, and Nature.

Table of Contents

Livining Bodies and Consciousness: Foundations  Introduction  1. Existential Experience and Epiphany  2. Change: Nature, Beauty, Art  3. Touch, Beauty, Place  4. Art and its Functions: Some comments about Freud and Jung  5. Nature, Beauty, Art: foundations of an ethical life  6. Appendix: Personal Experience

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Dr Frances Gray is a philosopher with a strong interest in Jungian psychology, neuroscience and feminism. Her work attempts to figure out the relationship between individual and collective with an emphasis of ethics and its political implications. Gray is the author of the following Routledge titles: Jung, Irigaray, Individuation: Philosophy, Analytical Psychology and the Question of the Feminine; Cartesian Philosophy and the Flesh, Reflections on Incarnation in Analytical Psychology; and Jung and Levinas: An Ethics of Mediation, as well as co-editor of Feminist Views from Somewhere.