Thursday 16 October at 7.30 pm
at The Essex Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8 4RT


Robert Segal

Joseph Campbell is often taken as a disciple of Jung. His ‘Hero with a Thousand Faces’ is typically read as a symbolic expression of the psychological journey of the second half of life – the journey from ego consciousness to the unconscious and back. In later works, Campbell breaks altogether with Jung and gives entirely different explanations of myth, such as ethological ones and even diffusionist ones. Yet even in ‘Hero’, on which this lecture will focus, Campbell’s approach to myth is surprisingly at odds with Jung’s. For his part, Campbell always deemed himself his own theorist of myth and a not mere follower of Jung.

Robert-SegalROBERT SEGAL is Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen. He came to the UK from the US in 1994 and taught religious studies at Lancaster University for twelve years, before going to the University of Aberdeen in 2006. His PhD from Princeton University was in religions of the Greco-Roman world. He teaches and writes on theories of myth and theories of religion. Among the works he has written or edited are The Poimandres as Myth, Joseph Campbell, Jung on Mythology, The Gnostic Jung, Hero Myths, Theorizing about Myth, Myth: A very Short Introduction, The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion, and 30-second Mythology.

No booking required £15
Lectures are followed by discussion and liquid refreshment
Further information from The Administrator, C G Jung Club London, PO Box 19017, London N3 3WY Tel 020 8343 3387 Email

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