Personal Secrets, Ethical Questions

John Haule

in Teaching Jung

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

Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series

Personal Secrets, Ethical Questions

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This chapter surveys the biographical landscape of Jung's life not only in terms of what his critics and disciples have said about him but also in relation to Jung's own criticism of his work and himself. Jung knew that his ideas and behavior were likely to prompt condemnation from many different directions, and the chapter chronicles his efforts to respond to the charges while accounting for the irrational vehemence of some of his critics. the chapter offers a detailed meta-analysis of biographical writings about Jung in which the controversies are highlighted as opportunities for a better understanding of Jung's psychology. Particularly on the subject of religion, which by all accounts fascinated him throughout his life, Jung diagnosed a spiritual malaise in modern society that angered religious and secular people alike. The study of the multifaceted myths surrounding Jung's life reveals a man of his time, a figure who embodied many of the complex religious crosscurrents of modern society.

Keywords: biography; Jung; religion; myths; spiritual malaise

Chapter.  8618 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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