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The Soul's Logical Life: Towards a Rigorous Notion of Psychology [Paperback]

Wolfgang Giegerich
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October 26, 2007 3631569718 978-3631569719 4
C. G. Jung’s psychology was based on an authentic notion of soul, but this notion was only intuitive, implicit, not conceptually worked out. His followers forfeit his heritage, often turning psychology either into pop psychology or into a scientific, clinical enterprise. It is the merit of James Hillman’s archetypal psychology to have brought back the question of soul to psychology. But as imaginal psychology it cannot truly overcome psychology’s positivistic, personalistic bias that it set out to overcome. Its «Gods» can be shown to be virtual-reality type gods because it avoids the question of Truth. Through what logically is the movement of an «absolute-negative interiorization», alchemically a «fermenting corruption», and mythologically a Dionysian dismemberment, one has to go beyond the imaginal to a notion of soul as logical life, logical movement. Only then can psychology be freed from its positivism and cease being a subdivision of anthropology, and can the notion of soul be logically released from its attachment to the notion of the human being.

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«... the most important Jungian book since James Hillman’s ‘Re-Visioning Psychology’». (Michael V. Adams in ‘The Round Table Review’)

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The Author: Wolfgang Giegerich is a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice near Munich. He has lectured internationally and is author of numerous books.

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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers; 4 edition (October 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3631569718
  • ISBN-13: 978-3631569719
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Communication = Logic September 24, 2013
When you get a high enough level of abstraction, the dichotomy between the objective and the subjective dissolves. The gulf between Western science and Western art is closed. As Giegerich has put it, "Heaven collapses" (paraphrase).

Giegerich reached this vantage point on the shoulders on Goethe, Nietzsche, and Jung. At this level, "communication" and "logic" become synonyms. This is shocking to the Western intellectual. We are used to "communication" being personal and filled with emotion, while logic is to essentialize to the bare, rigid structure beneath. What Giegerich shows, however, is that logic is an artistic expression--that's the message of the modern internet culture--with its social media, open-source music projects, and even our addiction to computer games.

Logic is communication from "one-to-many" instead of communication from "one-to-one", as we are used to visualizing it.

This process of communication is the culmination of centuries of evolution of the Western soul, and needs our minds' utmost attention. Are we astute enough to listen?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychology with Soul May 3, 2012
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In 2006, an opportunity to start an idea originally presented in 1998 became a reality. To open a clinic to be lead by a clinician who had dedicated over 20 years helping families belonging to the largest private organization of Vietnam veterans in the island of Puerto Rico, Vietnam Veterans & families Inc.

Clinical and theoretical work began and continued for the next five years (2006-2011). Approximately 1,000-1,500 veterans (and family members), including returning soldiers from the Iraq War were provided with that specific local psychological help. During the 5 years none of its patients committed suicide or complaint about the therapeutic perspective given. It was a success.

Back in 1984, the psychological theory that had best adapted to local observations during clinical interventions had been the Analytic theory of Carl Jung. By 1992 it had been substituted by the Archetypal Theory of the American Psychologist, James Hillman. It was Hillman's theory the one being revised when the 2006 program started. Then, midway through the program, the Philosopher Enrique Eskenazi from Barcelona, Spain advised reading "The Soul's Logical Life". After further theoretical investigation and clinical observations, it became very clear and obvious that the rigorous psychological thought presented by the Psychologist Wolfgang Giegerich in the book titled "The Soul's Logical Life" "melted" to perfection with the clinical observations, displaying what was felt to be a real living psychological theory at last and the team realized that presenting its clinical program backed by Archetypal Psychology theory lacked the precision required to present the successful work done.
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