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Romantic Metasubjectivity Through Schelling and Jung

Rethinking the Romantic Subject, 1st Edition

By Gord Barentsen


280 pages

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Romantic Metasubjectivity Through Schelling and Jung: Rethinking the Romantic Subject exploresthe remarkable intellectual isomorphism between the philosophy of Friedrich Schelling and Carl Jung’s analytical psychology in order to offer a crucial and original corrective to the "reflection theory" of subjectivity.

Arguing that the reflection theory of the subject does not do justice to the full compass of Romantic thinking about the human being, Romantic Metasubjectivity sees human identity as neither discursive aftereffect nor centred around a self-transparent "I," but rather as constellated around the centripetal force of what Novalis calls "The Self of one’s self." The author begins with a unique reading of Schelling’s early Naturphilosophie as primal site rather than Freudian scene, thinking this site through his Philosophical Inquiries Into the Nature of Human Freedom to The Ages of the World. Reading Jungian metapsychology and its core concepts as therapeutic amplifications of Schelling, the author articulates an intellectual counter-transference in which Schelling and Jung contemporise each other. The book then demonstrates how Romantic metasubjectivity operates in the libidinal matrix of Romantic poetry through readings of William Wordsworth’s The Prelude and Percy Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound. The book concludes with a discussion of the hit TV series Breaking Bad as a "case study" of the challenges Romantic metasubjectivity raises for fundamental ethical dilemmas which confront us in the 21st century.

Romantic Metasubjectivity is a highly original work of scholarship and will appeal to students and scholars in German Idealism, Romanticism, philosophy, psychoanalysis, theory, Jung studies, and those with an interest in contemporary theories of the subject.

Table of Contents

1. A First Outline of Romantic Metasubjectivity 2. The Romantic Metasubjective Unconscious: Dissociation, Historicity, Trauma 3. Romantic Metasubjectivity: Experience 4. Romantic Metasubjectivity: Individuation 5. "Romantic Myth-Subjectivity": Wordsworth and Shelley Conclusion. "Romantic Meth-Subjectivity"

About the Author

Gord Barentsen received his Ph.D. in English from Western University, London, Canada. His areas of research are Romantic philosophy and literature, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and theory, and he is a founding member of the North American Schelling Society. He currently resides in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.

About the Series

Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

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, Faculty, Programs in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, Emeritus Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis, Adler Graduate Professional School, Toronto, and author of several books in philosophy and psychoanalysis.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Jungian