The Soul's Code

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Random House Publishing Group, 2017 - Philosophy - 352 pages
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"[An] acute and powerful vision . . . offers a renaissance of humane values."--Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
 
Plato called it "daimon," the Romans "genius," the Christians "guardian angel"; today we use such terms as "heart," "spirit," and "soul." While philosophers and psychologists from Plato to Jung have studied and debated the fundamental essence of our individuality, our modern culture refuses to accept that a unique soul guides each of us from birth, shaping the course of our lives. In this extraordinary bestseller, James Hillman presents a brilliant vision of our selves, and an exciting approach to the mystery at the center of every life that asks, "What is it, in my heart, that I must do, be, and have? And why?"
 
Drawing on the biographies of figures such as Ella Fitzgerald and Mohandas K. Gandhi, Hillman argues that character is fate, that there is more to each individual than can be explained by genetics and environment. The result is a reasoned and powerful road map to understanding our true nature and discovering an eye-opening array of choices--from the way we raise our children to our career paths to our social and personal commitments to achieving excellence in our time. 
 
Praise for The Soul's Code

"Champions a glorious sort of rugged individualism that, with the help of an inner daimon (or guardian angel), can triumph against all odds."--The Washington Post Book World 

"[A] brilliant, absorbing work . . . Hillman dares us to believe that we are each meant to be here, that we are needed by the world around us."--Publishers Weekly
 

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THE SOUL'S CODE: In Search of Character and Calling

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What set of factors most influence the course of an individual human life? Nature? Nurture? The choices a person makes, including one's intimate relationships? Or is it the complex interplay of all of ... Read full review

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Hillman has written ten books, but he is best known as the inspiration for Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul. Now, for this book on finding one's personal calling, he's getting a big print run himself. Read full review

Contents

The Acorn Theory and the Redemption of Psychology
3
Growing Down
41
The Parental Fallacy
63
Back to the Invisibles
92
Esse Is Percipi To Be Is to Be Perceived
113
Neither Nature nor NurtureSomething Else
128
Penny Dreadfuls and Pure Fantasy
155
Disguise
172
Fate
191
The Bad Seed
214
Mediocrity
249
A Note on Methodology
275
Notes
287
Bibliography
307
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About the author (2017)

A world-renowned lecturer, teacher, author, Jungian analyst, and former director of the Jung Institute, James Hillman (1926-2011) was born in New Jersey and spent much of his life in Europe. He was the author of over twenty books, translated into ten languages, including The Myth of Analysis and Reinventing Psychiatry (nominated for a Pulitzer in 1975).

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