Does Jung Need Rescuing?

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1231–1232. Reviews the book, In Search of Jung: Historical and Philosophical Enquiries by J. J. Clarke (1992). Although scholarly, rich in insight, and well argued, Clarke's account of the intellectual and historical roots of Jungian psychology is likely, in my opinion, to confirm and reinforce rather than lessen the existing misgivings concerning Jung's theory among contemporary mainstream academic psychologists. In a deliberate reaction against the radical environmentalism (Locke), associationism and empiricism (Hume), atomism (Condillac), and emphasis on the unity of the scientific method (Comte) of positivism and the Enlightenment project, which continues to provide the philosophical and intellectual underpinnings of contemporary psychology, Jung's theory-steeped in the German Romantic tradition-stresses wholeness, the continuity between human consciousness and nature, the primacy of the dynamic unconscious, the innate disposition for humans to experience certain images and ideas (archetypes), and the disparity between the natural and social scientific methods of inquiry. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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