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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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Hillman's book "Senex & Puer" introduces a new archetype, namely the senex-puer. As usual, he has no facts to build on, neither dreams nor clinical examples, or the ideas... Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by MWin
it's an amazing book on numerous topics. it should be read by everybody who is interested in psychology, sociology, modern culture, father/son issues, being puer.Published on January 14, 2013 by Alexander Kipar
Came in perfect condition and in a very timely manner. Would def buy from again.Published on March 17, 2009 by Christopher Green
Clearly, anyone who disagrees with or challenges Hillman's ideas is unintelligent and pathetic. Hillmanian psychology is Jungian Psychology, it is the psychology of the imagination... Read morePublished on September 17, 2006 by Shaman9000