Innate and Emergent: Jung, Yoga and the Archetype of the Self

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Conference of Research in Jung and Analytical Psychology
June 27th – 30, 2018
University Place Hotel and Conference Center
Portland, OR

An interdisciplinary gathering of scholars exploring themes and ideas around “emerging” and “emergence” in the context of Jungian and/or post-Jungian ideas and concepts. Conference presenters include Susan Rowland and Elizabeth Nelson.

My presentation
Innate and Emergent: Jung, Yoga and the Archetype of the Self

Jung’s individuation process, the central process of human development, relies heavily on several core philosophical and psychological ideas including the unconscious, complexes, the archetype of the Self, and the religious function of the psyche. While working to find empirical evidence of the psyche’s religious function, Jung studied a variety of subjects including the Eastern liberatory traditions of Buddhism and Patañjali’s Classical Yoga. In his work, Jung aimed to steer clear of metaphysics. Patañjali’s metaphysics, on the other hand, are straightforward, and his ontological commitments are evident. Because Jung’s ontological commitments were not explicit, his theories, when seen through Patañjali’s lens, confuse ontological questions with epistemic issues. As a result, when comparing the Jungian and Patañjalian notions of the Self, Jung’s insightful yet contradictory ideas, seem to be constructed upon a considerably shaky foundation.


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