Beyond Psyche: Symbol and Transcendence in C.G. Jung

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Peter Lang, 2006 - Philosophy - 145 pages
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Martin Buber and others argue that C. G. Jung excludes divine transcendence from his understanding of the psyche. This book identifies the underpinnings of such criticisms, then examines Jung’s inability to respond adequately, and shows that fleshing out his theory of the transcendent function can lead to a solution. The formation of a symbol through this function orients the subject both toward unconscious depth and toward a transcendent horizon beyond the psyche. Finally, Beyond Psyche: Symbol and Transcendence in C. G. Jung gains support for its thesis from the work of psychoanalytic thinkers Wilfred Bion, D. W. Winnicott, Thomas Ogden, and Michael Eigen.
 

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Contents

The Historical Sources of Jungs Psychology
35
The Symbolic Life
67
Transcendent Presence
95
Conclusion
125
Index
141
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The Author: Mark Gundry received his Ph.D. in theology from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He is Director of Planned Giving at the Lucile Packard Foundation in Palo Alto, California, and is pursuing psychotherapeutic training at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California. His research interests include contemporary psychoanalytic theory, the shamanic roots of religion, and alchemical symbolism in somatic experience.

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