Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture and Spring Journal Books
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Spring 69

ISBN: 1-882670-26-4
210 pp.

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Education in recent years has been and still is one of the areas of concern in Western culture's collective imagination. But what is it? Where is it going? Where did our notions of it come from? Is it really all that necessary? And is the reflexive and educated life really worth living?

Spring 69 - Education approaches these questions in writings from diverse perspectives. We have an essay by the aesthetician Ben Sells who looks at education from the view of an idealized teacher. There is a piece by classicist Carl Levenson who brings us insights into education and life's questions via Plato's writings on Socrates (placed in his "Thinkery"). Glasgow German professor Paul Bishop's essay gives us a glimpse into C. G. Jung's early cultural experiences, and how they formed a part of his education and influenced his thought. Our divination expert, Stephen Karcher, looks at the imaginative and cultural problems of the north/south and east/west splits in the world through the lens of his mastery of the I Ching. And we have two professional educators, Richard Hawley and Greg Nixon, giving us different perspectives on education as it exists in America today. Plus we have our favorite corbinista, Tom Cheetham (another teacher!), with his vision for educating the world into a more ecologically sane yet transcendent place. Add to this the psychological and cultural musings on bossa nova from Brazil, hillbilly culture from Kentucky, sex offenders in New Mexico, an art review by regular contributor Ann McCoy, and a gaggle of short book reviews, and we think you will not be able to put this issue down.

Most importantly, we have probably the last prose piece that Charles Boer will write for this journal - he has rediscovered writing poetry! - a review of the book Harvard and the Unabomber. This review is unique, not only because it explains what Harvard was up to in the late 50s and early 60s to transform our world, but it also allows us to know more about the particular (and not always beneficial) influence of the 20th century's greatest American Jungian academician (and former OSS officer and CIA employee), Henry Murray, on psychology, on culture, and on education.