Jung and the Postmodern: The Interpretation of Realities

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What has Jung to do with the Postmodern? Chris Hauke's lively and provocative book, puts the case that Jung's psychology constitutes a critique of modernity that brings it in line with many aspects of the postmodern critique of contemporary culture. The metaphor he uses is one in which 'we are gazing through a Jungian transparency or filter being held up against the postmodern while, from the other side, we are also able to look through a transparency or filter of the postmodern to gaze at Jung. From either direction there will be a new and surprising vision.'
Setting Jung against a range of postmodern thinkers, Hauke recontextualizes Jung's thought as a reponse to modernity, placing it - sometimes in parallel and sometimes in contrast to - various postmodern discourses. Including chapters on themes such as meaning, knowledge and power, the contribution of architectural criticism to the postmodern debate, Nietzsche's perspective theory of affect and Jung's complex theory, representation and symbolization, constructivism and pluralism, this is a book which will find a ready audience in academy and profession alike.

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Hauke (psychoanalytic studies, U. of London) argues that Jungian psychology is not anachronistic, archaic and mystic, but is in fact more relevant now than ever before. After introducing Jungians to postmodern themes in Jameson, Baudrillard, Jencks and Foucault, he introduces postmodernists to Jung's cultural critique and post-Jungian discussions of representation, individuation, consciousness, and the alternatives to Enlightenment rationality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415163859
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/15/2000
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Why postmodern? 23
Modern and postmodern 23
Jung and the limitations of Enlightenment rationality 31
Daniel Bell and Peter Homans: modernity, capitalism and the Protestant psychologic 39
Fredric Jameson: 'history' and nostalgia 43
Jean Baudrillard: image and simulacrum 46
2 Freud and Jung: the analysis of the individual and the collective 51
Habermas and the incomplete project of modernity 51
Freud and modernity: post-Freudian social analysis and post-Jungian critique 55
A comparison of some of the concepts of Freud and Jung 65
3 Consciousness consciousing: individuation and/under postmodern conditions 66
Princess Diana and the 'death' of the subject 67
Temporality, spatiality, and our need for maps - Jameson's route towards individuation? 72
Affirming consciousness: beyond good and evil postmoderns 78
4 Frank Gehry's house and Carl Jung's Tower 84
Buildings, modernists and post-modernism 86
Charles Jencks on defining the postmodern in architecture (and elsewhere) 90
Modern, late-modern, postmodern or what? 92
Philip Johnson, Nietzsche, transvaluation and aesthetics 93
Peter Eisenman, psychoanalysis and nostalgia 96
Frank Gehry's house 97
Carl Jung's Tower 103
Concluding remarks and other points of view 111
5 Postmodern gender: masculine, feminine and the other 114
Dealing with the essential 114
The gender paradigm 117
Postmodern sex, postmodern gender 122
Julia Kristeva, the abject and the lapis 126
The shadow, the other, projection and the semiotic 132
The failure of the goddesses 137
The use of myths: French feminists, Jung and clinical work 141
6 Jung, Nietzsche and the roots of the postmodern 145
Nietzsche and German thought at the end of the nineteenth century 147
The deposing of the subject 149
Pluralism, perspectivism and complexes 152
Genealogy and 'history' 159
The Ubermensch and individuation 168
7 Nietzsche, power and the body, or, Jung and the post-hysteric 175
At the Salpetriere 175
The will to power 178
Hysteria and the body 181
Jung and the stage-management of hysterical symptoms 184
Self-overcoming, individuation and Telos 187
8 Image, sign, symbol: representation and the postmodern 191
Meaning 191
'Semiotic' and 'symbolic' 193
Structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstruction; plus the social construction of reality 194
Image, imago, word: imagination and language 200
Knowing and the unknown: ancient wisdom and modern representation 205
The Subject, the Other and the necessity of the Unknown 215
The postmodern meaning of 'meaning' 218
9 Affect and modernity 223
Death and sex 223
Charles Darwin, William James and the theorising of emotion 225
Repression, the complex and affects 227
The Life and Death of Affect as an Object 229
The hybrid, perspectives and the object of psychotherapy 232
10 Mind and matter: Jungian and postmodern science 236
Postmodern science: reading the data 236
Other science 246
The Unus Mundus: archetypes, the psychoid and synchronicity 248
The link with alchemy 255
Psychotherapy, empathy and psi phenomena 257
11 'I'm OK, you're mad': sanity, psychosis and community 264
The psychiatrist 264
The scope of rationality 267
Multiple orderings of reality: Levy-Bruhl, Wittgenstein, Peirce and Schutz 269
Archetypal psychology and the necessity of abnormal psychology 272
Madness in context: an anthropological case of psychotic breakdown 276
12 'The gods are with us. And they want to play' 281
The paintings of David Salle 281
References 287
Index 297
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