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Secular and religious: the intrinsic doubleness of analytical psychology and the hegemony of naturalism in the social sciences.

Main, R (2013) 'Secular and religious: the intrinsic doubleness of analytical psychology and the hegemony of naturalism in the social sciences.' The Journal of analytical psychology, 58 (3). 366 - 386. ISSN 1468-5922

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Abstract

In recent years a number of prominent social theorists, including J�rgen Habermas and Charles Taylor, have voiced concern about the hegemony of naturalistic, secular assumptions in the social sciences, and in their different ways have sought to address this by establishing greater parity between secular and religious perspectives. This paper suggests that C.G. Jung's analytical psychology, which hitherto has been largely ignored by social theory, may have something to contribute on this issue as it can be understood coherently both empirically, without reference to transcendent reality, and metaphysically, with reference to transcendent reality. It is argued that, despite his denials of any metaphysical intent, Jung does in fact engage in metaphysics and that together the empirical and metaphysical vectors of his thought result in a rich and distinctive double perspective. This dual secular and religious perspective can be seen as part of Jung's own critique of the hegemony of naturalism and secularism, which for Jung has profound social as well as clinical relevance. The concern and approach that Habermas and Taylor share with Jung on this issue may provide some grounds for increased dialogue between analytical psychology and the social sciences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: J�rgen Habermas; C.G. Jung and metaphysics; naturalism; religious; secular; social science; Charles Taylor
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2013 14:11
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:58
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7373

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