Digging Jung: analytical psychology and philosophical archaeology

Bishop, P. (2022) Digging Jung: analytical psychology and philosophical archaeology. History of European Ideas, 48(7), pp. 960-979. (doi: 10.1080/01916599.2022.2073742)

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Taking as its starting-point the interest in archaeological metaphors evinced by Freud and by Jung, this paper considers the project of analytical psychology under the rubric of the recently discussed term, ‘philosophical archaeology’. Noting the shared methodological assumptions and procedures between these two areas, the paper goes on to examine the extent to which Jung’s project can legitimately be considered as an archaeological pursuit in respect of two key aspects: its humanism, and its hermeneutics. In this second case, the paper concludes, we can learn much from Jung’s recently published Red Book, sections of which may be profitably read through the lens of his seminal paper, ‘The Aims of Psychotherapy’. What emerges from this discussion is a clearer appreciation of the role of the archaic in Jung’s thought, an insight into the analytic consulting-room (as a place of the archetypal) as a third instance of the site of philosophical archaeology in addition to the archive (as a place of statement or l’énoncé) and the museum (as a place of expression), and a confirmation of Heidegger’s assertion that ‘the authenticity and greatness of historical knowledge reside in an understanding of the mysterious character of the beginning’.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bishop, Professor Paul
Authors: Bishop, P.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > German
Journal Name:History of European Ideas
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1873-541X
Published Online:26 May 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author
First Published:First published in History of European Ideas 48(7): 960-979
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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