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Brooks, R.M. (2011). Un-Thought out Metaphysics in Analytical Psychology: A Critique of Jung's Epistemological Basis for Psychic Reality. J. Anal. Psychol., 56(4):492-513.

(2011). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 56(4):492-513

Un-Thought out Metaphysics in Analytical Psychology: A Critique of Jung's Epistemological Basis for Psychic Reality

Robin McCoy Brooks, M.A.

The author investigates the relation of Kant, Schopenhauer and Heidegger to Jung's attempts to formulate theory regarding the epistemological conundrum of what can and what cannot be known and what must remain uncertain. Jung's ambivalent use and misuse of Kant's division of the world into phenomenal and noumenal realms is highlighted in discussion of concepts such as the psychoid archetype which he called ‘esse in anima’ and his use of Schopenhauer's concept of ‘will’ to justify a transcendence of the psyche/soma divide in a postulation of a ‘psychoid’ realm. Finally, the author describes Jung's reaction to Heidegger's theories via his assertion that Heidegger's ‘pre-given world design’ was an alternate formulation of his concept of the archetypes. An underlying theme of the paper is a critique of Jung's foundationalism which perpetuates the myth of an isolated mind. This model of understanding subjectivity is briefly contrasted with Heidegger's ‘fundamental ontology’ which focuses on a non-Cartesian ‘understanding’ of the ‘presencing of being’ in everyday social and historical contexts.

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