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The Darkening Spirit


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Introduction: The Darkening Spirit. The Degraded Spirit in Secular Society. Jung's Advocacy of Spiritual Experience. Jung and the Prophetic Life. Jung's Ambivalence Toward Religion. Spiritual Renewal From Below. The Integration of the Dark Side. The Return of Soul to the World: Jung and Hillman. The Problem of the Spiritual in the Reception of Jung. Conclusion: Jung's Contribution to a New Religious Vision.

About the Author

David Tacey has written extensively on spirituality, mental health and society. His most recent book is Gods and Diseases: Making sense of our physical and mental wellbeing. David is Professor of Literature at La Trobe University, Melbourne, where he teaches courses on the crisis of meaning in Western culture, Jungian psychology and postmodern theory. He is the author or editor of thirteen books, including Jung and the New Age, The Spirituality Revolution and The Jung Reader.


"Tacey has written extensively on Jungian psychology, Western culture, and postmodern theory. Inthis volume, he explores Carl Jung in the light of contemporary society and "the social and cultural landscape of spirit." According to Tacey, Jungian psychology may be more applicable to modem existence than it was to Jung's lifetime. In light of Jung's work, Tacey looks at Western religion and examines the "dark" aspects that are currently manifested in this culture (e.g., violence, fanaticism, extremism). This polarizing mind-set is a failure to look inward and grow toward a more integrated, holistic, global worldview. Wholeness, rather than perfection, should be the spiritual goal. Tacey examines why Jung has fallen out of favor over the past years and looks closely at the critics, addressing their major concerns. An entire chapter is dedicated to an exploration of James Hillman's work. The Darkening Spirit is a companion volume to Gods and Diseases (2013), as well as The Jung Reader (2012). This volume would be an excellent addition to any collection of Jung's work and critiques of Jung. Well researched, extensively documented with index. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels." - J. Bailey, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, North Carolina in CHOICE

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