Is Jung one of the most exciting and important thinkers of our age? Or is he just a dabbler in the occult and oriental mysticism?
Although Jung has enjoyed wide popularity over time, he is still not accorded an appropriately honoured place in the history of modern thought. His interest in Oriental thought, alchemy and astrology has alienated many and he is often marginalized by scholars and academics.
Originally published in 1992, this book aimed to rectify this state of affairs by showing that Jung was an important thinker in his own right and that his ideas play an important role at the heart of the intellectual debates of our age. The book explores Jung’s relationship with some of the great philosophical thinkers and movements such as Hegel, Nietzsche and existentialism, examines his links with the revolutionary ideas of modern physics and argues that his conception of the human psyche represents an important contribution to perennial questions about mind, human nature and human destiny.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations. Chronology. Preface. Acknowledgements. Part 1: The Philosophic Journey 1. Freud and Jung 2. Style and Method 3. Philosophical Foundations 4. Historical Perspectives 5. Romantics and Idealists 6. Spiritual Traditions, East and West Part 2: The Rediscovered Self 7. Psyche and its Place in Nature 8. The Unconscious and the Irrational 9. Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious 10. Nature and Human Nature 11. The Structure of the Psyche 12. Individuation and the Quest for Meaning 13. One World 14. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Name Index. Subject Index.