Jung's Red Book in relation to aspects of German idealism

Bishop, P. (2012) Jung's Red Book in relation to aspects of German idealism. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 57(3), pp. 335-363. (doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5922.2012.01974.x)

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The late nineteenth century saw a renaissance of interest in the thought of the German Romantic philosopher, F.W.J. Schelling. This paper takes Jung’s engagement with Schelling and his awareness of Schellingian ideas and interests (notably, the mysterious Kabeiroi worshipped at Samothrace) as its starting-point. It goes on to argue that a key set of problematics in German Idealism — the relation between freedom and necessity, between science and art, and ultimately between realism and idealism — offers a useful conceptual framework within which to approach Jung’s Red Book. For the problem of the ideal is central to this work, which can be read a journey from eternal ideals to the ideal of eternity. (Although the term ‘idealism’ has at least four distinct meanings, their distinct senses can be related in different ways to Jung’s thinking.) The eloquent embrace of idealism by F.T. Vischer in a novel, Auch Einer, for which Jung had the highest praise, reminds us of the persistence of this tradition, which is still contested and debated in the present day.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Jung, Schelling, German idealism, analytical psychology
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bishop, Professor Paul
Authors: Bishop, P.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > German
Journal Name:Journal of Analytical Psychology
ISSN (Online):1468-5922
Published Online:21 June 2012

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