Jung and the Postmodern

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Jung and the Postmodern
Interpretation of Realities
By Christopher Hauke
Published 24th February 2000 by Routledge


The psychological writing of Jung and the post-Jungians is all too often ignored as anachronistic, archaic and mystic. In Jung and the Postmodern, Christopher Hauke challenges this, arguing that Jungian psychology is more relevant now than ever before – not only can it be a response to modernity, but it can offer a critique of modernity and Enlightenment values which brings it in line with the postmodern critique of contemporary culture. After introducing Jungians to postmodern themes in Jameson, Baudrillard, Jencks and Foucault, the author introduces postmodernists to Jung’s cultural critique and post-Jungian discussions of representation, individuation, consciousness, and the alternatives to Enlightenment rationality. He also takes a totally fresh approach to topics such as hysteria and the body, Jung and Nietzsche, architecture and affect, Princess Diana and the ‘death’ of the subject, postmodern science and synchronicity, and to psychosis and alternative ‘rationalities’. Jung and the Postmodern is vital reading for everyone interested in contemporary culture, not only Jungians and other psychotherapists who want to explore the social relevance of their discipline, but anyone who shares a assionate concern for where we are heading in postmodern times.

What has Jung to do with the Postmodern?

Chris Hauke’s lively and provocative book, puts the case that Jung’s psychology constitutes a critique of modernity that brings it in line with many aspects of the postmodern critique of contemporary culture. The metaphor he uses is one in which ‘we are gazing through a Jungian transparency or filter being held up against the postmodern while, from the other side, we are also able to look through a transparency or filter of the postmodern to gaze at Jung. From either direction there will be a new and surprising vision.’

Setting Jung against a range of postmodern thinkers, Hauke recontextualizes Jung’ s thought as a reponse to modernity, placing it – sometimes in parallel and sometimes in contrast to – various postmodern discourses. Including chapters on themes such as meaning, knowledge and power, the contribution of architectural criticism to the postmodern debate, Nietzsche’s perspective theory of affect and Jung’s complex theory, representation and symbolization, constructivism and pluralism, this is a book which will find a ready audience in academy and profession alike.



“…I have never believed in a book as much as i believe in this one ….it will push the case for the serious treatment of Jungian psychology to a point where it is irresistible”.

Professor Andrew Samuels


“This is a book to return to over and over again, it will be worth it every time”.

Dr David Hewison, in The Journal of Analytical Psychology

Click here to read a longer review of this book by Michael J Horne.





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