The Origins and History of Consciousness

The Origins and History of Consciousness

by Erich Neumann
     
 

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The Origins and History of Consciousness is an important and wide-ranging interpretation of the relations between psychology and mythology. C.G. Jung, in his introduction, says that it "opens at the very place where I unwittingly made landfall on the new continent long ago, namely the realm of matriarchal symbolism: and the author uses a symbol whose significance… See more details below

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The Origins and History of Consciousness is an important and wide-ranging interpretation of the relations between psychology and mythology. C.G. Jung, in his introduction, says that it "opens at the very place where I unwittingly made landfall on the new continent long ago, namely the realm of matriarchal symbolism: and the author uses a symbol whose significance first dawned on me in my writings on the psychology of alchemy: The Uroboros. Upon this foundation he has succeeded in constructing a unique history of the evolution of consciousness… He arrives at conclusions and insights which are among the most important to be reached in this field."

Erich Neumann undertakes to show that the individual consciousness passes through the same archetypal stages of development that marked the history of human consciousness as a whole. He draws upon the full range of world myth in the illustration of his thesis, and his account makes unexpectedly fresh and lively reading in a field not always notable for these qualities. Neumann ends the work with a trenchant commentary on contemporary society.

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"There can be no doubt that [Neumann] has brought to his task a remarkable . . . knowledge of classical mythology, some considerable acquaintance with the comparative study of religion, and a deep understanding of those psychological views and theories evolved by C. G. Jung."--The Times Literary Supplement

"A welcome source of information for all those who are touched by the relationship between man and his myths."--The New York Times

"No better exposition has come to us of the two Jungian themes: the evolution of consciousness in the history of mankind and the development of personality in the individual."--The Personalist

The New York Times
A welcome source of information for all those who are touched by the relationship between man and his myths.
The Times Literary Supplement
There can be no doubt that [Neumann] has brought to his task a remarkable . . . knowledge of classical mythology, some considerable acquaintance with the comparative study of religion, and a deep understanding of those psychological views and theories evolved by C. G. Jung.
The Personalist
No better exposition has come to us of the two Jungian themes: the evolution of consciousness in the history of mankind and the development of personality in the individual.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781811047
Publisher:
Karnac Books
Publication date:
12/31/1986
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
518
File size:
4 MB

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