C. G. Jung regarded the soul to be a reality in its own right which reflects itself in all manner of images and events. symbols and traditions. In this fourth volume of his Collected English Papers, Giegerich recalls the soul to the inwardness of its own home territory by bringing out the thought-character of the self-creating, self-unfolding logical life that it is. In addition to clarifying what thought means for psychology and analyzing certain misconceptions surrounding the topic of "soul and thought" a challenging thesis concerning the limitation of an imaginal, "anima-only" approach in psychology (given the essential historicity of the soul) is carefully argued, while examining at the same time such topics as "the end of meaning and the birth of man," "anima mundi and time", "the metamorphosis of the gods," and the logical steps involved in the transition from childhood to adulthood and from a psychological oneness with nature to modern alienation from nature. The book also discusses the notion of the soul’s logical life and shows in action the psychological procedure of "absolute-negative interiorization" of phenomena into their soul and truth in a number of in-depth examinations of particular phenomena (e.g. Heraclitus’ dictum about the soul’s depth, the "leap into the solid stone," the negativity of the "stone which is not a stone"). In thorough-going critical engagements with other authors in the field, it demonstrates specific instances where psychology fails to do its job due to faulty presuppositions, above all psychology’s failure to face the modern world. It emphasizes the active role of the mind in soul-making as the making of psychic reality. It addresses the questions of the future of psychology and whether progress in psychology is possible.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments. Sources and Abbreviations. Introduction: "Thought": Some Signposts. 1. The Lesson of the Christmas Tree. 2. The Rescue of the World. Jung, Hegel, and the Subjective Universe. 3. Effort? Yes, Effort! 4. Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? Or: Anima mundi and Time. A response to Hillman’s "Cosmology for Soul. From Universe to Cosmos". 5. The Dignity of Thought: In Defense of the Phenomenon of Philosophical Thought. 6. Is the Soul ‘Deep?’—Entering and Following the Logical Movement of Heraclitus’ ‘Fragment 45’. 7. The Leap Into the Solid Stone. 8. The Future of Psychology: Its Going Under. 9. The End of Meaning and the Birth of Man. An essay about the state reached in the history of consciousness and an analysis of C.G. Jung’s psychology project. 10. The Soul as Axis of the World. 11. The Movement of the Soul. 12. Psychology – The Study of the Soul’s Logical Life. 13. The Ego-Psychological Fallacy. A note on "the birth of the meaning out of a symbol". 14. Once More "The Stone Which is Not a Stone." Further Reflections on "Not". 15. "By Its Colorful Tunes the Lark Blissfully Climbs Up Into the Air." A Few Reflections on Soul-Making as the Making of Psychic Reality. 16. Irrelevantification. Or: On the Death of Nature, the Construction of "the Archetype," and the Birth of Man. 17. "The Unassimilable Remnant": What is at Stake? A Dispute with Stanton Marlan. 18. Imaginal Psychology Gone Overboard: Michael Vannoy Adams’ ‘Imaginology.’ A Defense of the Image Against the Detraction by its Devotees. 19. Psychologie Larmoyante: Glen Slater, For Example. On Psychology’s Failure to Face the Modern World. 20. Jung’s Idea of a Metamorphosis of the Gods and the History of the Soul. 21. There Is Psychological Progress. Can There Be Progress of Psychology? Index.
Wolfgang Giegerich is a Jungian analyst, now living in Berlin, and the author of numerous books, among them What Is Soul? and Neurosis: The Logic of a Metaphysical Illness. Giegerich’s Collected English Papers include The Neurosis of Psychology (Vol. I). Technology and the Soul (Vol. 2), Soul-Violence (Vol. 3), The Soul Always Thinks (Vol. 4), The Flight into the Unconscious (Vol. 5), and Dreaming the Myth Onwards (Vol. 6) (all Routledge).