|Blandford, N. (1995). In Search of Jung: Historical and Philosophical Enquiries. By J.J. Clarke. London: Routledge.. Psychoanal. Psychother., 9:211-212.|
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(1995). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 9(2):211-212
In Search of Jung: Historical and Philosophical Enquiries. By J.J. Clarke. London: Routledge.
Jung himself remarked:
If you call me an occultist because I am seriously investigating religious, mythological, and philosophical fantasies … then you are bound to diagnose Freud as a sexual pervert since he is doing likewise with sexual fantasies.
(Letters II p. 186).
J.J. Clarke is a historian of ideas who wants to rescue Jung from charges of mysticism and to show him to be a reputable thinker of importance to the intellectual debates of the twentieth century. He seeks to do this by examining the philosophies Jung studied and exploring Jung's of these ideas and the theories of his own that resulted.
The first part of the book, headed ‘The Philosophic Journey’, looks at Jung in to Freud, and then at his place in the Western philosophical originated by Kant. Clarke shows in some detail the links between Jung's thought and that of philosophers such as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Dilthey, and of historians like Burckhardt and Bachoven. Via and existentialism, he turns to Jung's on the spiritual traditions of both the West and the East, and his interest in Oriental teachings. These strands are well brought together, and demonstrate how the study of , for Jung, integrated the different spiritual approaches he had been investigating.
The second section, ‘The Rediscovered Self’, develops Jung's of all the differing traditions as ‘mirrors of a part of ourselves’. It is therefore more psychological, addressing Jung's on the nature of the psyche and on questions like our search for and meaning. It is also more biological as it engages with the contentious issues of the inheritance of patterns of experiencing and behaving: that is, the area of archetypes and .
Perhaps because it is never clinical, I found it hard to keep going with this book, despite there much of interest. It is Jung's clinical insights that I value most highly, and whose neglect I most regret. Clarke, of course, is not for clinicians,
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