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Technology and the Soul
From the Nuclear Bomb to the World Wide Web

by Wolfgang Giegerich

ISBN: 978-1-882670-43-7
375 pp.

The internet, television, and the nuclear bomb have completely transformed man's relation to the world. Though regarded by many as soul-less, these technological realities are the real gods and archetypes of the soul today. This work presents a depth psychological approach to contemporary technological civilization and our relationship with it. This is the second volume of Wolfgang Giegerich's Collected English Papers and is the product of over three decades of critical reflection by one of archetypal psychology's most brilliant theorists.


Introduction: The Object of Psychology

Part I: The Nuclear Bomb Papers

  • Chapter 1 Saving the Nuclear Bomb
  • Chapter 2 The Nuclear Bomb As A Psychological Reality
  • Chapter 3 The Significance of Our Nuclear Predicament
  • for Analytical Psychology and of Analytical Psychology for Our Nuclear Predicament
  • Chapter 4 The Nuclear Bomb and the Fate of God: On the First Nuclear Fission
  • Chapter 5 The Invention of Explosive Power and the Blueprint of the Bomb: A Chapter in the Imaginal Pre-History of our Nuclear Predicament
  • Chapter 6 The Rocket and the Launching Base. Or: The Leap from the Imaginal into the Outer Space Named 'Reality'
  • Chapter 7 The Fabrication of Time

Part II Technological Civilization and "Medial" Modernity

  • Chapter 8 The Burial of the Soul in Technological Civilization
  • Chapter 9 The Occidental Soul&s Self-Immuration in Plato's Cave
  • Chapter 10 The Function of Television and the Soul's Predicament
  • Chapter 11 The World Wide Web From the Point of View of the Soul's Logical Life

Coda: A Little Light, to Be Carried Through Night and Storm


About the author:
Wolfgang Giegerich, Ph.D., is a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Worthsee near Munich, Germany, who has lectured and published widely. He has been a regular speaker at the Eranos conferences and has frequently taught as Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. He was the founding editor of GORGO, a German journal of archetypal psychology. His books in English include The Soul's Logical Life: Towards a Rigorous Notion of Psychology, and he is the co-author, with Greg Mogenson and David L. Miller, of Dialectics & Analytical Psychology: The El Capitan Canyon Seminar.