Professor Roderick Main: Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies

Wednesday 16 November 2011

‘Enchantment, disenchantment, re-enchantment: C. G. Jung in a secular age’ 

Professor Roderick Main, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies

Abstract:  In this paper I use the theme of disenchantment as a lens through which to compare C. G. Jung’s treatment of the relationship between the sacred and the secular with its treatment by two major social theorists – one classical (Max Weber) and one contemporary (Charles Taylor). I argue that the understanding of disenchantment and secularity informing these social theories makes all the difference to how sociologically creditable Jung’s work appears in comparison.

Roderick Main, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Centre for Psychoanalytic  Studies at the University of Essex. He is the editor of Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal  (Routledge/Princeton, 1997) and the author of The Rupture of Time: Synchronicity and Jung’s Critique of Modern Western Culture (Brunner-Routledge, 2004) and Revelations of Chance: Synchronicity as Spiritual Experience (SUNY, 2007).

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