The Innateness of Myth: A New Interpretation of Joseph Campbell's Reception of C.G. Jung

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Joseph Campbell (1904-1988) was one of the most well-known and popular scholars of myth and comparative religion of the twentieth century. His work, however, has never fully received the same amount of scholarly interest and critical reflection that some of his contemporaries have received.

In this book, based on extensive research in the Joseph Campbell Archive in Santa Barbara, Ritske Rensma shows that reflecting on C.G. Jung's influence on Campbell greatly furthers our ...

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Overview

Joseph Campbell (1904-1988) was one of the most well-known and popular scholars of myth and comparative religion of the twentieth century. His work, however, has never fully received the same amount of scholarly interest and critical reflection that some of his contemporaries have received.

In this book, based on extensive research in the Joseph Campbell Archive in Santa Barbara, Ritske Rensma shows that reflecting on C.G. Jung's influence on Campbell greatly furthers our understanding of these ideas, and that once this goal is achieved it becomes obvious that Campbell was a scholar whose ideas are still of significance today. Following Jung's lead, Campbell put great emphasis on the innate structures of the mind, an approach which pre-echoes the current 'evolutionary turban' in fields such as cognitive theory, psychology, psychiatry and neurobiology.

This study will therefore not just be of interest to students and scholars interested in psychological approaches to the study of religion as well as Jung and Campbell, but also to those with an interest in recent developments in the above-mentioned fields

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Jung's influence on Campbell

Overview

Methodological reflection

What this book aims to achieve

Part 1 Jung

1 The development of Jung's ideas about the concept of the archetype

Early developments

"On the nature of the psyche"

Synchronicity

2 The Ideas of Anthony Stevens

Ideas expressed in the book "Archetype Revisited"

Steven's take on Jung's ideas about religion

Conclusion

Part 2 Campbell

3 Campbell's Life

Boyhood and student years

Development of core ideas

Professional career

4 Phase One and Two of Campbell's Career

Which books by Jung did Campbell own?

Phase one (1944-1959)

Phase two (1959-1968)

5 Phase Three of Campbell's Life

6 Conclusion

The model of the three phases: a summary

Overview and close analysis of my most important arguments

Campbell as a 'post-Jungian'

Reflections on the potential benefits of my findings

Appendix I

Bibliography

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