Although the works of C.G. Jung have received worldwide attention, there has been surprisingly little engagement by philosophers. In this volume, internationally recognized philosophers, Jungian analysts, and scholars attempt to fill this void in the literature. Although Jung did not have a formalized, systematic philosophy, the philosophical implications of his thought are explored in relation to his key theoretical postulates on archetypes, the collective unconscious, the mind-body problem, phenomenology, epistemology, psychology of religion, alchemy, myth, ethics, aesthetics, and the question of transcendence. Through analyzing Jung philosophically, new vistas emerge for enhanced explication, theoretical refinement, revision, and redirecting shifts in emphasis that lend more proper cohesion to Jung’s philosophy.
For the first time we may observe philosophers attempting to unpack the philosophical consequences of Jung’s thought applied to many traditional topics covered in the humanities and the social sciences. Given that Jung has not been historically taken up by philosophers, critiqued, nor applied to contemporary theories of mind, culture, and human nature, this is the first book of its kind. It is argued that a new generation of research in analytical psychology can benefit from philosophical scrutiny and theoretical fortification.
Jung and Philosophy will be of interest to psychoanalysts, philosophers, cultural theorists, religious scholars, and the disciplines of depth psychology and post-Jungian studies.
"This unique and compelling book dares to unpick the philosophical knot that looms large in Jungian psychology, and it does so with care and mastery. Armed with an impressive array of expert scholars in the field, this is an indispensable resource for anybody who seeks clarity on the fundamental conceptual issues and problems that are inevitably encountered in any serious study of Jungian thought. It is a meaty and engrossing book, and the chapters spark off each other. It is one I will pick up again and again."-Lucy Huskinson, Bangor University, UK; author of Architecture and the Mimetic Self, and co-editor of International Journal of Jungian Studies
"Most studies of Jung have been dismissive of his philosophical errors and mischaracterizations, which makes this collection of essays especially fresh and exciting. Mills has brought together an outstanding group of scholars who have explored, developed, and interpreted Jung’s concepts in new directions with philosophical and psychological rigor. This is essential reading for those who want to know what is currently being thought regarding the foundations of Jungian thought."-Roger Brooke, Duquesne University, USA; author of Jung and Phenomenology: Classic Edition
"A new appreciation of Jung’s relevance for philosophy and of philosophy’s relevance for Jungian psychology is moving through the field of analytical psychology, and it is long overdue. This book breaks new ground by showing how deeply philosophical Jung’s psychology was, and still is. It is replete with concepts that should resonate with many people working in philosophy—from Jung’s prospective understanding of myth, to his insistence on the psychological meaning of alchemy. At the same time, Mills’ book raises difficult philosophical questions in the interpretation of Jung, for example, Jung’s refusal to draw metaphysical conclusions, allied with his not-so-concealed Kantian commitments and somewhat indefensible scientism. Let us hope that at long last philosophers and students of philosophy will shed the tired prejudices against Jungian psychology and look and see what a treasure trove of ideas Jung unearthed. Jungian psychology will only benefit from a sharpened sense of the philosophical problems and questions raised by Jungian theories. A welcome contribution to a growing field, which sets the bar high for the intellectual re-appraisal of Jungian psychology."-Sean J. McGrath, Memorial University, Canada; author of The Dark Ground of Spirit: Schelling and the Unconscious
Introduction: Philosophizing Jung Jon Mills
The Philosophy & Psychoanalysis book series is dedicated to current developments and cutting edge research in the philosophical sciences, phenomenology, hermeneutics, existentialism, logic, semiotics, cultural studies, social criticism, and the humanities that engage and enrich psychoanalytic thought through philosophical rigor. With the philosophical turn in psychoanalysis comes a new era of theoretical research that revisits past paradigms while invigorating new approaches to theoretical, historical, contemporary, and applied psychoanalysis. No subject or discipline is immune from psychoanalytic reflection within a philosophical context including psychology, sociology, anthropology, politics, the arts, religion, science, culture, physics, and the nature of morality. Philosophical approaches to psychoanalysis may stimulate new areas of knowledge that have conceptual and applied value beyond the consulting room reflective of greater society at large. In the spirit of pluralism, Philosophy & Psychoanalysis is open to any theoretical school in philosophy and psychoanalysis that offers novel, scholarly, and important insights in the way we come to understand our world.
Series Editor Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, ABPP is a philosopher, psychoanalyst, and psychologist, Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis, Adler Graduate Professional School, Toronto, and author of several books in philosophy and psychoanalysis.