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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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791417461
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Series: SUNY Series in Dream Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part 1. Introduction: First Steps

1. Dreams through the History of Religions

2. Exploring the Wilderness of Dreams

Part 2. Eight Paths into the Wilderness of Dreams

3. Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud

4. Surrealism: Andre Breton

5. Analytical Psychology: Carl Jung

6. Content Analysis: Calvin Hall

7. Neuroscience: J. Allan Hobson

8. Lucid Dreaming: Stephen LaBerge

9. Anthropology: Barbara Tedlock

10. Cognitive Psychology: Harry Hunt

Part 3. Dreams and Interpretation

11. The Crisis of Dream Interpretation: Gadamer to the Rescue

12. A Hermeneutic Critique of Modern Dream Interpretation Theories

13. The Interpretation of Dreams: Hermeneutic Principles

14. Dora's Dream: The Hermeneutic Principles in Action

Part 4. Dreams and Religious Meaning

15. The Concept of Root Metaphors

16. Flying with Great Eagles and Eating Short Bananas: Examples of Root Metaphors in Dream

17. Root Metaphors and the Eight Paths into the Dream Wilderness

18. Towards Integration: Interpreting “Being Dissected by the Evil Alien"

Part 5. Conclusion: Out of The Wilderness

19. Why All the Interest Now in the Religious Meaning of Dreams?

20. The Future of the Wilderness of Dreams

Appendix 1: Other Paths into the Dream Wilderness

Appendix 2: Does God Speak in Dreams?

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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