Philosophical Issues in the Psychology of C. G. Jung

By Marilyn Nagy

Subjects: Psychoanalysis
Paperback : 9780791404522, 321 pages, January 1991
Hardcover : 9780791404515, 321 pages, January 1991

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Table of contents



Part I. To Know Only The Soul: Jung's Epistemology

1. Childhood And Youth: Taking Up The Problem Of The Father

2. From Experience As Value To Experience As Knowledge

3. Inner Experience As True Knowledge: The Apologetics of Subjectivism

4. Epistemology As A Value Term: Plato's Theory Of Recollection As A Solution To The Problem Of Justice

a. Immortality and Justice in Homeric Society
b. The Orphic Vision
c. Inner Knowledge and Transcendent Order


5. Theories of Perception And Knowledge: From Descartes To Kant
6. Nineteenth-Century Kantianism


a. Hermann von Helmholtz and the Skeptical Heritage
b. Lange and the Phenomenal Idealists
c. Haeckel and Adickes: A Pitched Battle
d. Arthur Schopenhauer


7. Two Epistemological Discussions By Jung


a. Esse in Anima as a Solution to the Mind-Body Dilemma
b. The Lumen Naturae of Paracelsus as the Paradigm of True Knowledge


Part II. Archetypes: Championing The Mind

1. Freud And The Theory Of Instinct Libido
2. Toward A Genetic Theory Of Libido
3. From Libido To Archetypes: Reduction To Final Cause


a. A Phylogenetic Viewpoint
b. Fantasy, Symbol, and the Prospective Method
c. "Instinct and the Unconscious"


4. Jung's Empiricism And The Common Consent Arguement
5. Theories Of Archetypes: Plato And Schopenhauer


a. Plato
b. Schopenhauer


6. Instincts And Archetypes
7. Late Developments Of The Archetype Theory: Synchronicity
Part III. Individuation Versus Evolution: The Long War

Section A. Teleological Patterns In Jung And In Aristotle
1. Individuation


a. Life as Purposive
b. The Self as Arbiter of Psyche


2. Aristotle's View Of Teleology As Act And Potency
Section B. The Nineteenth-Century Challenge To Final Cause
3. Goals In Nature: Kant, Schopenhauer, Von Hartmann
4. The Struggle With Vitalism: From Stahl To Haeckel
5. Neo-Vitalism: Driesch And Jung
A Postscript on Vitalism
A Personal Note
Appendix: Gustav Theodor Fechner
Selected Bibliography


For the philosopher and psychologist this book offers the first thoroughly cross-disciplinary interpretation of Jung's psychology. Using the conceptual framework of traditional Western philosophy, Nagy studies the internal structure of Jung's theory. His epistemology, his ontology (archetypes), and his teleological views (individuation and theory of self) are analyzed in the context of late nineteenth and early twentieth century philosophical and scientific problems. Jung's psychology is a response to the challenge of Freud and to the rise of the empirical sciences.

Marilyn Nagy has practiced as a Jungian analyst for 24 years, and has taught at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, where she is a member of the clinical faculty. Dr. Nagy has a Ph. D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and trained as an analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland.


"The topic is very significant and most important to the field of studies in Jungian thought wherein one endeavors to know C. G. Jung within the history of ideas and in the general context of twentieth-century culture. The author has taken on a much needed task in her efforts to situate Jung within a specific philosophical tradition. " — Marian L. Pauson