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Jung’s “very twentieth-century” view of mind: implications for theorizing about myth

Jones, Raya ORCID: 2020. Jung’s “very twentieth-century” view of mind: implications for theorizing about myth. Roubekas, Nickolas P. and Ryba, Thomas, eds. Explaining, Interpreting, and Theorizing Religion and Myth, Vol. 16. Supplements to Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, vol. 16. Leiden: Brill, pp. 336-354. (10.1163/9789004435025_019)

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Spurred by Robert Segal’s account of how Jung brings mind into the study of myth, this essay considers how Jung brought myth into the study of mind. It considers the intellectual backdrop for Jung’s theorising, and how practical imperatives of psychiatry impacted on his treatment of myths. The Jungian hypothesis of the collective unconscious and the concept of archetypes are critically evaluated with attention to Jung’s description of the associative thinking and the symbolic attitude, and his distinction between archetypes-as-such and their manifestations. Points of convergence and divergence with some of his contemporaries (such as Wundt, Cassirer, and Malinowski) are identified throughout. The current status of Jung’s model in “mainstream” psychology is noted.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Additional Information: Chapter 17
Publisher: Brill
ISBN: 9789004435018
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 July 2020
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 10:44

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