THE ROAD AFTER JUNG, Reading Group moderated by Mark Warford, PhD, and Frank Beurskens
Time: February 25th, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Members $8 / Non-Members $10 / Students FREE / per session
Followers of Jung, (James Hillman, Marion Woodman, Rafael Lopez-Pedraza, Wolfgang Giegerich, to name a few), have opened many paths to navigate Jung’s approach to psychology. This learning community will select, read and discuss one post-Jungian book each month. Mark and Frank will co-moderate the discussion. Come prepared to embark on this “Road after Jung” beginning with Wolfgang Giegerich’s What is Soul? Introduced by Frank Beurskens, this controversial Jungian psychologist / philosopher pushes the boundaries (and the buttons) of many Jungians.
Mark Warford is President of APSWNY and Associate Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education at Buffalo State College. He received his PhD from The University of Tennessee and publishes in the areas of teacher development and sociocultural theory.
Frank Beurskens, vice-president of APSWNY, is a student of Jungian works.
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“The soul is not an existing substance or entity. In the case of psychological reality, it is much rather the receptivity of the human subject that dialectically is the condition a priori of the soul’s speaking to itself, a speaking to which the human subject is exposed or which disturbingly intrudes into the human subject’s own concerns. The human subject is only turned into the antenna for the soul’s speaking to itself through this very speaking, which in man creates its own antenna, and thus its own precondition, within itself. This whole complex and self-contradictory relation is what we call soul.” Wolfgang Giegerich, What is Soul, pg. 94.
“But Goethe for one once said in passing, “…just as with poems, I did not make them, they made me.” The poems, in other words, are the true acting subject; they create themselves and merely utilize a human subject to realize themselves.” Wolfgang Giegerich quoting from Goethe, What is Soul, Pg. 95.
"Soul truths need to be made true. This is what soul-making is about. It is not enough for truth to be in itself true, in itself luminous. IT in addition has to become true to the world, be released into its actually being true. This means it needs to be acknowledged and objectively represented, indeed celebrated. Rituals, mythic narratives, humans, religious dogmas, the non-psychological works of literature in Jung’s sense, art and metaphysics are the major forms in which the soul’s truths find objective expression. Truths, in addition to being true by origin, also want to be explicitly released into their truth. They need to become what they have been all along. The soul makes itself; it becomes true to itself-even if only through humans. We may here be reminded of the theological view that a prayer is only a true prayer if it is already God who through one’s human praying is speaking the prayer to God, in other words, not the human person per se- not the ego.” Wolfgang Giegerich quoting from Goethe, What is Soul, Pg. 125.