The Diamond & the Star: An Exploration of Their Symbolic Meaning in an Insecure Age

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Shepheard-Walwyn, Jun 1, 2009 - Philosophy - 176 pages
Describing the use of symbols in philosophy and religion, this book connects the Taoist symbol of the self—the diamond body—to the tetrahedron, as well as to the four valences of the carbon molecule, the basis of all life. Following these ideas further, the discussion details the close correspondence between the ancient wisdom of Lao Tsu and the symbolism of Jungian psychology—and also conjectures about the possibility of a more image-oriented view of science.

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Title Page
The Quality of Mystery
The Mystery of Consciousness
Towards a Symbolic Attitude
The Nature of the Unconscious
Human Differences
The Diamond
In Search of the Soul
Participation Mystique and Mysticism
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John Warden is a chemist and a former patent agent who retired early to enroll at the Jung Institute in Switzerland and study the symbolism of organic chemistry in Eastern and Western thought and Jungian psychology.

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