Open Seminar (Colchester Campus)
‘Jung’s Two Approaches to Science: From Roots to a Contemporary Perspective’
(Dr. Joseph Cambray, President of the International Association of Analytical Psychology)
Abstract: C. G. Jung was one of the pioneers of depth psychology, initially working in close collaboration with Sigmund Freud. In 1912 he delivered nine lectures at Fordham University on the “Theory of Psychoanalysis.” These lectures came at the high water mark of Jung’s first period of academic life and are closely linked with the early rise of psychoanalysis; in particular they represent Jung’s differentiation from Freud. Soon after he was to resign his position at the University of Zurich (in 1914) and not fully resume academic work until 1933. In between these periods Jung underwent the inner experiences that led to his production of The Red Book. Both of Jung’s academic periods are marked by what he identified as a scientific approach. However, examination and comparison of these periods reveal a shift in emphasis on what constitutes science for Jung. In this seminar we will look in detail at this shift and how the experiences leading to The Red Book were integral to this change. The importance of the scientific tradition associated with the German Romantic movement is key to understanding this transition, though it came without much formal acknowledgement by Jung. Finally we will explore the resurgence of interest in and re-valuation of this same tradition in some branches of contemporary science, especially epigenetics. Thus Jung’s work will be contextualized within a trajectory of this alternative, romantic expression of science which is regaining a place in the modern academy.
Joseph Cambray, Ph.D. is President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology; he has served as the U.S. Editor for The Journal of Analytical Psychology and is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, The Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, and Israel Annual of Psychoanalytic Theory, Research and Practice. He is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies; adjunct faculty at Pacific Graduate Institute; and former President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston . Dr. Cambray is a Jungian analyst in Boston and Providence, RI.
Chair: Roderick Main
The Open Seminars all take place in room 4SB.5.3 at 5pm.