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The cultural significance of synchronicity for Jung and Pauli

Main, R (2014) 'The cultural significance of synchronicity for Jung and Pauli.' Journal of Analytical Psychology, 59 (2). pp. 174-180. ISSN 0021-8774

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Abstract

This paper considers the cultural significance of C.G. Jung's concept of synchronicity, as this was envisaged both by Jung himself and by the physicist Wolfgang Pauli, Jung's most important discussant in developing the concept. For both thinkers the principle of synchronicity was, above all, an attempt to develop an expanded, more holistic understanding of science. The paper argues, however, that their motives for proposing this development were not just, as might be expected, scientific, philosophical, and psychological (including personal), but also historical, social, political, and religious, and involved consideration of esoteric as well as mainstream currents of thought.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper was originally presented as part of the plenary panel ?From Copenhagen to the Consulting Room: Complementarity, Synchronicity, and Neural Coupling? at the XIXth International Congress for Analytical Psychology: 100 Years On: Origins, Innovations and Controversies, Copenhagen, Denmark, 18?23 August 2013.
Uncontrolled Keywords: complementarity; esotericism; Jung; Pauli; religion; science; synchronicity
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0500 Psychoanalysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2014 14:37
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:10
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/9732

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