Jung's Four and Some Philosophers: A Paradigm for Philosophy (Hardcover)

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Thomas M. King, S.J. uses Jungian/Myers-Briggs typology to understand the different starting points of twelve philosophers, then uses Jungian patterns of "integration" to show similarities in their development.

Jung's Four and Some Philosophers provides a context in which to understand the widely differing claims of philosophers. The "four" in the title refers to the four faculties that Jung sees occurring in pairs in every psyche: thinking and its opposite, feeling; sensation and its opposite, intuition. One of these four will dominate (among philosophers it will characterize what they find self-evident), while the dominant's opposite is repressed into the mysterious unconscious. Thus, a thinker will repress one's feelings. To achieve wholeness, the philosopher must pass beyond what is known to seek the missing faculty and integrate it with the faculties of consciousness. King demonstrates this with highly documented studies of twelve philosophers: Plato, Locke, Sartre, Augustine, Descartes, Spinoza, Rousseau, Kant, Kierkegaard, Whitehead, Hume, and Teilhard, and a final reflection that considers the philosophic and religious quest.

About the Author

Thomas M. King, S.J. (d.2009) was Professor of Theology at Georgetown University and author of several books, including Enchantments: Religion and the Power of the Word (1989) and Merton: Mystic at the Center of America (1992).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780268032524
ISBN-10: 0268032521
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 1999
Pages: 344
Language: English