"Essays on a Science of Mythology" is a cooperative work between C. Kerenyi, who has been called "the most psychological of mythologists," and C. G. Jung, who has been called "the most mythological of psychologists." Kerenyi contributes an essay on the Divine Child and one on the "Kore" (the Maiden), together with a substantial introduction and ...Read More"Essays on a Science of Mythology" is a cooperative work between C. Kerenyi, who has been called "the most psychological of mythologists," and C. G. Jung, who has been called "the most mythological of psychologists." Kerenyi contributes an essay on the Divine Child and one on the "Kore" (the Maiden), together with a substantial introduction and conclusion. Jung contributes a psychological commentary on each essay. Both men hoped, through their collaboration, to elevate the study of mythology to the status of a science. In "The Primordial Child in Primordial Times" Kerenyi treats the child-God as an enduring and significant figure in Greek, Norse, Finnish, Etruscan, and Judeo-Christian mythology. He discusses the "Kore" as Athena, Artemis, Hecate, and Demeter-Persephone, the mother-daughter of the Eleusinian mysteries. Jung speaks of the Divine Child and the Maiden as living psychological realities that provide continuing meaning in people's lives. The investigations of C. Kerenyi are continued in a later study, "Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter" (Princeton).Read Less
ISBN. Trade Paperback. Later Printing. Good Condition, with some creasing to edges and corners of covers and along spine edge, some fading to cover edges, slight browning to edges of interior pages. Tight, sound, unmarked copy except for price blacked out on front cover.
Good Plus. 8vo. viii, 200pp, index, references. or card covers. A bit rubbed with spine faded. Joint work on two central themes in mythology and the human unconscious which originaly appeared in German in 1940-41.
New. This item is printed on demand. "Essays on a Science of Mythology" is a cooperative work between C. Kernyi, who has been called "the most psychological of mythologists, " and C. G. Jung, who has been called "the most mythological of psychologists." Kernyi.
289pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Very good. The spine ends and edges of the covers are very gently bumped and rubbed. There is a previous owner's name on the front pastedown, and there is a small date in pen on the front of the rear flyleaf. The top corners of a handful of pages are a little dog eared. Occasional underlining in pencil throughout the pages. The dust jacket is torn in half and has multiple large losses, particularly from the jacket's spine. Bollingen Series XXII. From the dust jacket-"In sections one and three Dr. Kerenyi discusses, first the primordial child in ancient times, and then the mythology of the Kore. In sections two and four Dr. Jung amplifies these subjects with detailed investigations of their psychological aspects."
The greater body of this work, presented as a collaboration between Dr. Jung and Dr. Kerenyi, is divided into four distinct sections following an introductory prolegomena and followed by a conclusionary epilegomena. The first section, covered by Dr. Kerenyi, cites nine fairly detailed examples of how "the primordial child in primordial times" was manifested in multiple semi and fully divine characters from antiquity. The second section, covered by Dr. Jung, explains "the psychology of the child archetype" through insight gathered from history, literature, sociology and Dr. Jung's endeavors in the field of psychoanalysis. The third section, covered by Dr. Kerenyi, details the "kore" with all of its consequential complexities as a mythological paradox. The fourth section, covered by Dr. Jung, attempts to elucidate "the psychological aspects of the kore" with examples he has taken from three different but archetypally identical dreams described to him by three of his patients. For the conclusionary epilegomena, Dr. Kerenyi explains to the reader that, eventhough Dr. Jung's insight into the psychological mechanics of myth does provide a certain degree of substantiation for the authority of myth, it can by no means be considered the last word. Mysteries and miracles like those of Eleucis are not necessarily of interest for the peculiar curiosities they seem to highlight, they are of interest for the insight into our shared experience that they permit us. The infinite pluralities masquerading as singularities that abound in our psychic reality, should be respected and appreciated for their consistency.
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