By Paul Bishop
In this quantity, Paul Bishop investigates the level to which analytical psychology attracts on suggestions present in German classical aesthetics. It goals to put analytical psychology within the German-speaking culture of Goethe and Schiller, with which Jung used to be good familiar.
Analytical Psychology and German Classical Aesthetics argues that analytical psychology appropriates a lot of its critical notions from German classical aesthetics, and that, while noticeable in its highbrow historic context, the genuine originality of analytical psychology lies in its reformulation of key tenets of German classicism. even supposing the significance for Jung of German inspiration often, and of Goethe and Schiller specifically, has often been said, formerly it hasn't ever been tested in any certain or systematic manner. via an research of JungвЂ™s reception of Goethe and Schiller, Analytical Psychology and German Classical Aesthetics demonstrates the highbrow continuity inside of analytical psychology and the filiation of principles from German classical aesthetics to Jungian idea. during this approach it means that a rereading of analytical psychology within the gentle of German classical aesthetics bargains an intellectually coherent realizing of analytical psychology.
By uncovering the philosophical resources of analytical psychology, this primary quantity returns JungвЂ™s proposal to its center highbrow culture, within the gentle of which analytical psychology profits new serious effect and clean relevance for contemporary idea. Written in a scholarly but obtainable kind, this ebook will curiosity scholars and students alike within the parts of analytical psychology, comparative literature, and the historical past of ideas.
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Here came, we read, ‘a great hole’ in his thoughts, and a ‘choking sensation’ (MDR, 53). Reluctant to think his vision through to its conclusion, Jung struggled, so this account tells us, to repress his thought for two days until, on the third night, he permitted himself to acknowledge the conclusion to the vision: ‘God sits on His golden throne, high above the world – and from under the throne an enormous turd falls upon the sparkling new roof, shatters it, and breaks the walls of the cathedral asunder’ (MDR, 56).
From there one sees the inﬁnite landscape before one’s eyes, while the ornaments and other things round about hide the church and everything upon and above which one is standing. (GE 4, 278) ‘I exposed myself’, Goethe writes, ‘to similar fears and torments often enough so that I became quite indiﬀerent to the impression they made’, and so attending medical courses in obstetrics allowed Goethe to ‘liberate’ himself from ‘all apprehensiveness about repulsive things’ (GE 4, 278). As becomes clear, however, Goethe imposed this ‘aversion therapy’ on himself, not simply as a cure for the fear of physical objects or situations, but also a means of enabling him to confront what we might call the dark side of life: 24 Affinities between Goethe and Jung I sought to steel myself not only against these physical impressions [sinnliche Eindrücke] but also against the assaults of fantasy [die Anfechtungen der Einbildungskraft].
But the author of the 1916 talk also discusses how ‘the night, the chaos and the despair which appear before the Menschwerdung, ha[ve] been d[i]vined by artists of not long ago’, and refers to how Goethe’s Faust ‘is enveloped in night’, ‘becomes blind, and dies’, and only then does his ‘transﬁguration’ take place. In other words, Goethe’s dramatic poem, Faust, is read as showing how ‘the Transcendental Function [. ] reveals the completed human being of our time’. 45 And in a paper known to have been delivered by Moltzer in 1917, ‘The Relation between the Zurich School and the Club’, she makes extensive reference to Faust.
Analytical Psychology and German Classical Aesthetics: Goethe, Schiller, and Jung, Volume 1: The Development of the Personality by Paul Bishop