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Richard Tarnas over het jungiaanse bewustzijn

Richard TarnasDonderdag 12 juli -14.30 -17.00 uur

De Amerikaanse filosoof Richard Tarnas (1950) houdt zich bezig met bewustzijn. Als cultureel historicus onderzoekt hij hoe de opvattingen over het bewustzijn in de loop van de eeuwen zijn veranderd, iets wat hij beschreef in zijn boek The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View.

Tarnas wordt na afloop van zijn lezing geïnterviewd door prof. Jeroen Geurts en Koos Neuvel.

Over de lezing

The Mystery of Consciousness in a Material Cosmos

 Richard Tarnas

The perplexing relation between consciousness and the physical brain has famously been called “the hard problem” in philosophy, as it remains a profound mystery within the dominant existing conceptual frameworks.  How can the extraordinary richness of human experience -- its qualititative character, its diversity, its depths, its spiritual and moral and aesthetic dimensions -- be adequately explained by and reduced to the aggregation of neural processes in the material brain?  Indeed, this problem cuts to the core of the modern paradox that affects us all:  As modern selves, we all hold within our breast two allegiances, two truths: While the modern mind has been predominantly informed by the scientific world view emerging out of the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, the modern soul, as it were, is informed more by the imaginative-aesthetic-spiritual sensibility that emerged out of Romanticism, with more recent developments in various countercultural perspectives and aspirations of the post-Sixties era. 

It is not an accident that the field of depth psychology at the turn of the twentieth century, in the work of individuals such as William James, Sigmund Freud, and C. G. Jung, was born as an offspring of both the Enlightenment and Romanticism -- of sun and moon, so to speak, of scientific reason and interior experience.  With the analysis of an unconscious “depth” dimension of the psyche that  powerfully influences consciousness, a host of insights has been produced which suggest new possibilities for addressing the mystery of consciousness.  Indeed the concept of  “the unconscious” itself has undergone a significant evolution in the past century, moving from a broiling cauldron of repressed instincts within the individual to a universally shared substrate of a collective archetypal psyche, now extending to a “psychoid” dimension within matter itself. In today’s lecture, Professor Tarnas will explore these themes in the hope of shedding light on one of the great mysteries of the contemporary intellectual journey.

Richard Tarnas is a professor of philosophy and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He also teaches archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern used in many universities. His most recent book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the UK.

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