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Dialectics and Analytical Psychology
The El Capitan Canyon Seminar

by Wolfgang Giegerich, David L. Miller, and Greg Mogenson

ISBN: 978-1-882670-92-5
136 pp.

What is dialectical thinking and why do we need it in psychology?
How are "moments of truth" to be psychologically discerned and differentiated?
How does the recognition of the historicity of archetypal and mythological materials relate to their interpretation?

In a seminar held in the El Capitan Canyon near Santa Barbara in June of 2004, the renowned Jungian analyst Wolfgang Giegerich, along with conversation partners, David L. Miller and Greg Mogenson, tackled these important questions while at the same time thinking Jungian psychology forward in a radically new way. Conceived to meet "the call for more" that followed the publication of Giegerich's landmark book, The Soul's Logical Life, this volume also serves as the most accessible introduction to Giegerich's approach to psychology for the first-time reader of his work. A valuable resource for students of fairy tale, myth, and depth psychology this volume includes a complete and up-to-date bibliography of Giegerich's writings in all languages.

Dialectics & Analytical Psychology was reviewed by Harvey Shepherd in the January issue of the Newsletter of the C.G. Jung Society of Montreal. Read full review

Author info:

Wolfgang Giegerich is a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Germany. He has been a regular speaker at the Eranos conferences and frequently taught as Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. He was the founding editor of GORGO, a German journal of archetypal psychology. Of his nine books, the latest one available in English is The Soul's Logical Life: Towards a Rigorous Notion of Psychology.

David L. Miller is Watson-Ledden Professor of Religion, Emeritus, at Syracuse University, and he served as a core faculty person at Pacifcia Graduate Institute from 1991 until 2004. He was a member of the Eranos Circle from 1975 until 1988, and he has lectured widely in Europe, America and Japan for the past forty years. His books include: Christs: Meditations on Archetypal Images in Christian Theology; Three Faces of God: Traces of the Trinity in Literature and Life; Hells and Holy Ghosts; A Theopoetics of Christian Belief; The New Polytheism: Rebirth of the Gods and Goddesses; and Gods and Games: Toward a Theology of Play.

Greg Mogenson is a Jungian psychoanalyst practicing in London, Ontario, Canada. The author of many articles in the field of analytical psychology, his books include: God Is a Trauma: Vicarious Religion and Soul-Making; Greeting the Angels: An Imaginal View of the Mourning Process; and The Dove in the Consulting Room: Hysteria and the Anima in Bollas and Jung.