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Dialectics of sign and symbol and the utterance of archetype theory

Jones, Raya ORCID: 2023. Dialectics of sign and symbol and the utterance of archetype theory. Journal of Analytical Psychology 68 (4) , pp. 1-19. 10.1111/1468-5922.12942

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Debates surrounding Jung’s archetype theory could be characterized as tacit attempts to contend with the concept’s dual function as referring to something known to psychologists (sign) and standing for something that is fundamentally unknowable (symbol). This essay considers implications of the term “archetype,” outlines and critiques some of the conundrums of categorization and scientific credibility posed by Jung’s formulation of the theory, and prompts locating the archetypal “human quality” of being human in imaginaries of typical patterning of the experiential realm.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
ISSN: 1468-5922
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 August 2023
Date of Acceptance: 4 July 2023
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2023 07:33

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