David L. Miller

in Teaching Jung

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735426
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914524 | DOI:

Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series


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This chapter reflects on forty years of experience of teaching Jung in a religious studies department. It discusses five major pedagogical pitfalls that can emerge when teaching Jung: a temptation to read Jungian thought in opposition to Freudian thought; a temptation to spiritualize Jung; a temptation to read Jung's notion of archetypes of the collective unconscious, as well as his views on anima and animus, as essentialist and essentializing; a temptation to view Jung's logic and rhetoric as “Gnostic”; and a temptation to read Jung's interpretations of art, religion, and culture as reductively psychologistic. In assessing these pitfalls, the chapter argues that misreading Jung ultimately leads to “misteaching” Jung.

Keywords: Jung; pedagogy; religious studies; Freud; gnostic; archetypes; anima; animus; psychologistic

Chapter.  11229 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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