• The Flight Into The Unconscious: An Analysis of C.G. Jung's Psychology Project

Wolfgang Giegerich

The Flight Into The Unconscious: An Analysis of C.G. Jung's Psychology Project

Collected English Papers, Volume V

464 pages, ISBN 978-1-935528-43-2, Spring

Psychological analysis usually sets its sights upon the patient or upon cultural phenomena such as myths, literature, or works of art. The essays in this volume, by contrast, have another addressee, another subject matter-psychology itself. Deeply informed by Jung's insight regarding the discipline's lack of an objective vantage point outside and beyond the psyche, their Jungian author again and again turns Jung's contribution to psychology around upon itself in the spirit of an immanent critique. Cutting to the quick, the question is put: in its constitution as psychology is Jungian psychology up to the level of what its insight into psychology's lack of an Archimedean point would require? Are the interpretations it gives of its various subject matters-alchemy, religion, the unconscious and the rest-matched by its interpretation of itself? Has its meeting itself in them had consequences for itself, consequences in terms of the fathoming of its own truth? Or clinging to the standpoint of empirical observer, did it ultimately demur with regards to the question of their truth and its own-this despite Jung's having characterized his work as an opus divinum? Topics include Jung's psychology project as a response to the condition of the world, the "smuggling" inherent in the logic of "the unconscious," Jung's communion fiasco, the closure and setting free dialectic of alchemy and psychology, the blindness to logical form problematic, the faultiness of the opposition "Individual" and "Collective," Jung's thinking the thought of not-thinking, the veracity of his Red Book, the disenchantment complex, and, as indicated in the title of this volume, Jung's psychology project as a counter-speculative "flight into the unconscious."


CHAPTER ONE: C.G. Jung's Psychology Project as a Response to the Condition of the World

CHAPTER TWO: Psychology as Anti-Philosophy: C.G. Jung
Method of approach and textual basis
Paradise Lost
Ego resistance against his thought
The ego resistance as instigated by the thought itself
Disowning his own thought. From "I" to "it"
The construction of the principle of subjective certainty and immediacy
What looks like events is performed rituals
Intellectual isolation and renouncement of truth
The thought of not-thinking

CHAPTER THREE: The Disenchantment Complex. C.G. Jung and the Modern World

CHAPTER FOUR: The Rejection of the Hic. Reflections on C.G. Jung's Communion Fiasco
"Was it my failure?"
From hic to alibi and the loss of earth
Psychological consumerism
The historical move from sensual enactment to logos and thought and Jung's rescue of the sensual
Holding one's place within the negation and the situation of absence
The communal nature of soul

CHAPTER FIVE: The Smuggling Inherent in the Logic of the "Psychology of the Unconscious"

CHAPTER SIX: The Flight Into the Unconscious. C.G. Jung's Psychology Project
I. The acquisition of the standpoint of "the unconscious"
II. The flight into the unconscious
III. Form change: Echo escapes Pan
IV. "Immediate experience": Pan's flight from Echo
V. Mysterium disiunctionis
VI. The logical generation of "the unconscious"
VII. The actual fabrication of "the unconscious"

CHAPTER SEVEN: Liber Novus, that is, The New Bible. A First Analysis of C.G. Jung's Red Book
The book which is not a book
Pitfalls for the superficial observer
The project
The construction of psychic objectivity
CHAPTER EIGHT: The Opposition of "Individual" and "Collective"-Psychology's Basic Fault. Reflections on Today's Magnum Opus of the Soul
Postscript 2011

CHAPTER NINE: Closure and Setting Free or The Bottled Spirit of Alchemy and Psychology

CHAPTER TEN: Mythic Illusory Appearance - Blindness to Logical Form. C.G. Jung's Faust Interpretation, for Instance 405
I. The mode of artistic creation
II. The topic and issues treated in Faust II
III. Logical form


About the Author:
Wolfgang Giegerich,PhD, is a Jungian analyst who after many years in private practice in Stuttgart and later in Wörthsee, near Munich, now lives in Berlin. He has lectured and taught in many countries. His approximately two hundred publications in several languages include numerous books, among them The Soul's Logical Life: Towards a Rigorous Notion of Psychology (Peter Lang, 1998; 4th ed. 2007), the previous four volumes of his Collected English Papers: The Neurosis of Psychology, Technology and the Soul, Soul-Violence, and The Soul Always Thinks, as well as What Is Soul? (all published by Spring Journal Books).

Giegerich, Wolfgang

The Flight Into The Unconscious: An Analysis of C.G. Jung's Psychology Project

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