Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To convert articles to PDF…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

At the top right corner of every PEP Web article, there is a button to convert it to PDF. Just click this button and downloading will begin automatically.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Burston, D. (2019). Peterson, Jordan B. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Toronto: Random House. 2018. Pp. xxv + 409. Hbk. $25.95.. J. Anal. Psychol., 64(1):105-111.

(2019). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 64(1):105-111

Peterson, Jordan B. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Toronto: Random House. 2018. Pp. xxv + 409. Hbk. $25.95.

Review by:
Daniel Burston

Jordan B. Peterson is a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto. His first book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, was an ambitious attempt to wed Jungian psychology and modern neuroscience with lashings of anthropology, comparative religion and biblical interpretation. Published in 1999, the book was a modest seller until Peterson was catapulted to fame in 2016 because of his fierce opposition to the spread of political correctness in Canadian universities, and more specifically, to the federal government's Bill C-16 concerning the use of gender pronouns in the classroom. Peterson sensed a sinister (left-wing) conspiracy behind the bill, but I believe that like the proverbial road to hell, it was paved with good intentions. Nevertheless, Bill C-16 had Orwellian undertones, authorizing teachers and administrators to police the speech of their students (and of one another). Indeed, it would have fostered a pervasive interdiction of free inquiry, a kind of state-sponsored Inquisition against those who are politically ‘incorrect’.

Unfortunately, few of Peterson's critics gave him any credit for good intentions, either. On the contrary, they made him out to be a monster, rendering the whole debate, which garnered international attention, deeply partisan and envenomed. Leaving ‘political correctness’ aside, Peterson's other bête noire is postmodernism.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the article. PEP-Web provides full-text search of the complete articles for current and archive content, but only the abstracts are displayed for current content, due to contractual obligations with the journal publishers. For details on how to read the full text of 2017 and more current articles see the publishers official website.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.