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Jung and Deleuze: Enchanted Openings to the Other: A Philosophical Contribution

McMillan, C (2018) 'Jung and Deleuze: Enchanted Openings to the Other: A Philosophical Contribution.' International Journal of Jungian Studies. ISSN 1940-9060

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Abstract

This paper draws from resources in the work of Deleuze to critically examine the notion of organicism and holistic relations that appear in historical forerunners that Jung identifies in his work on synchronicity. I interpret evidence in Jung's comments on synchronicity that resonate with Deleuze's interpretation of repetition and time and which challenge any straightforward foundationalist critique of Jung's thought. A contention of the paper is that Jung and Deleuze envisage enchanted openings onto relations which are not constrained by the presupposition of a bounded whole, whether at the level of the macrocosm or the microcosm. Openings to these relations entail the potential for experimental transformation beyond sedentary habits of thought which are blocked by a disenchanting ‘image of thought’ that stands in need of critique. Other examples of enchanted openings in Jung's work are signposted in an effort to counter their marginalisation in some post-Jungian critiques and to signal their potential value from a Deleuzian perspective.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ‘image of thought’, enchantment, sympathy, repetition, transversal, multiplicity, ‘time out of joint’, vitalism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0500 Psychoanalysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2018 12:07
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2018 12:07
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22822

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