The Wilderness of Dreams: Exploring the Religious Meanings of Dreams in Modern Western Culture

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This interdisciplinary study of the religious dimensions of dreams shows how modern dream research supports and enriches our understanding of religiously meaningful dreams. The Wilderness of Dreams does four things that no other work on dreams has done. First, it surveys the whole range of modern dream research - not just the work of depth psychologists and neuroscientists, but also the findings of anthropologists, content analysts, cognitive psychologists, creative artists, and lucid dreaming researchers. ...
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This interdisciplinary study of the religious dimensions of dreams shows how modern dream research supports and enriches our understanding of religiously meaningful dreams. The Wilderness of Dreams does four things that no other work on dreams has done. First, it surveys the whole range of modern dream research - not just the work of depth psychologists and neuroscientists, but also the findings of anthropologists, content analysts, cognitive psychologists, creative artists, and lucid dreaming researchers. Second, it draws upon new advances in hermeneutic philosophy in order to clarify basic questions about how to interpret dreams. Third, it develops a careful, well-grounded notion of religious meaning - the "root metaphor" concept - to show that seeking religious meanings in dreams is not mere superstition. And fourth, the book reflects on the question of why modern Westerners are so interested in affirming, or debunking, the idea that dreams have religious meanings.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Dreams through the History of Religions 3
2 Exploring the Wilderness of Dreams 19
3 Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud 29
4 Surrealism: Andre Breton 35
5 Analytical Psychology: Carl Jung 41
6 Content Analysis: Calvin Hall 47
7 Neuroscience: J. Allan Hobson 53
8 Lucid Dreaming: Stephen LaBerge 59
9 Anthropology: Barbara Tedlock 65
10 Cognitive Psychology: Harry Hunt 71
11 The Crisis of Dream Interpretation: Gadamer to the Rescue 81
12 A Hermeneutic Critique of Modern Dream Interpretation Theories 99
13 The Interpretation of Dreams: Hermeneutic Principles 111
14 Dora's Dream: The Hermeneutic Principles in Action 119
15 The Concept of Root Metaphors 133
16 Flying with Great Eagles and Eating Short Bananas: Examples of Root Metaphors in Dreams 151
17 Root Metaphors and the Eight Paths into the Dream Wilderness 167
18 Towards Integration: Interpreting "Being Dissected by the Evil Alien" 181
19 Why All the Interest Now in the Religious Meaning of Dreams? 205
20 The Future of the Wilderness of Dreams 215
Appendix 1: Other Paths into the Dream Wilderness 221
Appendix 2: Does God Speak in Dreams? 225
Notes 229
Bibliography 283
Index 303
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