The Allure of Gnosticism: Gnostic Experience in Jungian Psychology and Contemporary Culture

Editor : Robert A. Segal

The Allure of Gnosticism: Gnostic Experience in Jungian Psychology and Contemporary Culture

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  • Publisher : Open Court
  • Published : 1995
  • Pages : 244
  • Category :
    Jung and Analytical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 5903
  • ISBN 13 : 9780812692785
  • ISBN 10 : 0812692780

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Gnosticism is far more than an ancient Christian and Jewish heresy. It arises in many religions as the belief in a radical dualism both in human beings and the cosmos: immateriality is perceived as good and matter as evil. In the modern age, Gnosticism is very much alive, focused on the belief that human beings are alienated from their true selves. Modern Gnosticism continues to espouse a radical dualism, but this can take a psychological, social and political, rather than a metaphysical form. Among the writers and thinkers of the last two centuries who can be labelled Gnostics are: Hegel, Blake, Goethe, Schelling, Emerson, Melville, Byron, Yeats, Hesse and Toynbee. This text is a collection of 16 essays illuminating Gnosticism in its relation to such issues as Jungian thought, the nature of evil, the place of the feminine, communism and fascism, existentialism, Christian scriptures, Kafka and Buddhism.

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