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Senex and Puer: Uniform Edition of the Writings of James Hillman, Vol. 3 (James Hillman Uniform Edition) Hardcover – November 25, 2005

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The pioneering imaginative psychology of James Hillman that soon will span five decades has entered cultural history, affecting lives and minds in a wide range of fields. For the creativity of his thinking, the originator of Archetypal Psychology and author of A Terrible Love of War; The Soul's Code; and The Force of Character has received many honors, including the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic. He has held distinguished lectureships at Yale, Princeton, Chicago, and Syracuse Universities, and his books have been translated into some twenty languages. The American public showed its appreciation of his approach to psychology by placing his book, The Soul's Code, at the top of the bestseller list of serious works of nonfiction. Of his many books, Spring Publications has published Anima, Loose Ends, Archetypal Psychology: A Brief Account, Pan and the Nightmare, Suicide and the Soul, Insearch, Oedipus Variations (with Karl Kerényi), The Thought of the Heart and the Soul of the World, Inter Views, and Lectures on Jung's Typology (with Marie-Louise von Franz). He lives in Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Series: James Hillman Uniform Edition (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Publications; 1st edition (November 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882145819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882145815
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Hillman is a brilliant author of profound originality. His development of the psychology of Carl Jung is faithful to the deepest, most important insights of Jung's own work and yet transforms it in a way that embodies Hillman's own creative genius and is perfectly reflected in the style of his thinking and writing. It is good to have these important essays and articles on the archetypes of the puer aeternus and the senex together in one place. This volume is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in the depth psychology of masculine development & its diverse pathways. These contributions seem to me remarkable--full of dazzling new insights into these themes and patterns of experience that has radically altered our understanding of them--in a rich, evocative, yet fragmentary, and unfinished way that is entirely in harmony with his subject matter. If I am right in seeing the puer archetype as crucial for an understanding of Jesus of Nazareth, the groundbreaking reflections of Hillman on this theme have implications for our understanding of the Christian religion, its history, and its impact on the whole of Western culture.
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Hillman's turf was soul. His signature brilliance was to congeal Jungian archetypes into intellectual precision. Robert Musil "Precision and Soul": "We do not have too much intellect and too little soul, but too little precision in matters of the soul."

Hillman's essay, "Senex and Puer: An Aspect of the Historical and Psychological Present" written at the peak of his powers, seems to me the most profound and intellectually rigorous essay ever. Hillman's Puer impulse was iconoclastic. But the rigor of his Senex generated genius. On my third reading of the essay (a smudgy photocopy given to me in 1978), doors of insight into vast inner realities swung opened into segments of clear seeing. Great Father, the driving force of my lifelong compulsive all-consuming dark existential mandate, emerged into awareness. WOW moments. Buddhists know it as Prajna. Hillman's companion essay on Great Mother and Her Son the Hero is almost as profound.
"The taming power of the Small..... It furthers one to see the Great Man".
For the exacting precision of your powers of discrimination:
Thank you, James Hillman.
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senex and puer is an amazing book if you like hillman. it talks about the eternal child in a way that was very important to me at this time in my life.

in response to mr. ipp's comments about how hillman is satan (or maybe he used the word guru) and the jungians are a "cult", i would like to say that maybe you should look behind the big intellectual words you used and see how much hatred is within. i don't think your rationality or mind structures saved you from feeling that hatred; it only increased it. i agree that archetypal psychology isn't for everyone but either is the wonderful rational science you speak of that will save all of us from "disorders". the world is chaos, my friend, good and evil, light and dark are one - some of us actually want to face our "darkness" because it produces more love and acceptance of this mysterious universe. maybe for yourself you should stick to reading cognitive-behavioral psychology books and you'll feel more comfortable. but please don't judge a book by it's cover. the book of jungian psychology may have the cover of evil, but for some of us who can look deeply enough we see that the contents actually produce more love and goodness. the book of modern rational western psychology may have the cover of good with positive messages, new drugs to cure merely physical disorders, and hope - but look deeply within its contents and you can find a more insidious evil of numbed souls and repressed fear. and when you're a devil's advocate like myself and realize that both of the books can be looked at vice versa, that's when you realize that good/evil is not in the objects but in yourself. when you look at it in yourself, you gain power over it and naturally want to spread more good and love because it gives back more.
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I was blown away by the visceral quality of Hillmans writing. His active prose catapults you into a different kind of reflection. One that, by pure change in language, is therapeutic. I read this while getting my PhD in Chemistry and it was sometimes too reflective of the relationship between the student and the graduate advisor. But, so so so helpful in navigating those muddy waters.
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If you enjoy metaphorical ways of looking at life and especially the mysterious way in which we are all the same, yet different, read anything by Hillman. More than any other writers, he has truly shown me a poetic way of looking at life, which has forever changed the way I see the world and understand myself and others.
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Hillman uses myths from various histories and cultures to express his theories and ideas, however, I was not able to connect with them. Don't have the classical education necessary to gain his perspective and found the author self absorb in his level of intelligentsia. And could have expressed his ideas in about 20 pages if he didn't feel the need to give us example after example after example after example after...
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