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Monthly Archives : September 27, 2007

Meaning Of Life Part V

archetypal / September 27, 2007 / 3 Comments

Clearly, man’s embeddedness in nature is over. But since the meaning of “meaning” is nothing else but in-ness, it is obvious why the last two centuries had a sense of alienation and nihilism. As Jung stated, to experience a loss of meaning, the “soul has become lonely; it is extra ecclesiam and in a state of no salvation.” The soul is likewise extra naturam. With this insight we have returned in our discussion to, and provided an underpinning for, Jung’s initial diagnosis, “No, evidently we no longer have any myth.” The days of man’s in-ness, his total containment in Nature, have come to an end. The loss of meaning has …..

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Meaning Of Life Part IV

archetypal / September 25, 2007 / No Comments

The search for meaning, according to Giegerich, is self-contradictory: The search for meaning is in truth, but secretly, the longing for a state of in-ness, but since the question about the worth and meaning of life has existence as a whole in its field of vision, it inevitably positions us outside and vis-a-vis life. The search for meaning unwittingly has to construe that which it desires to be the logic or syntax of life as a semantic content, as a kind of doctrine of wisdom or a creed or ideology, ultimately as a commodity. This is why today meaning exists in the plural of numerous competing meanings put up for …..

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Meaning Of Life Part III

Uncategorized / September 17, 2007 / No Comments

In this third installment of commentary on Giegerich’s fascinating essay, The End of Meaning and the Birth of Man, I will discuss Giegerich’s contention that, prior to the nineteenth century, mankind was in no position to question life’s meaning. The nineteenth century brought a shift in being that placed man in a position to view life as if from outside life. …existence as such had become a vis-a-vis, as it were, which is the opposite of in-ness. Man now for the first time had a position to the world per se. The question of meaning is the mark of the modern period after the conclusion of the age of metaphysics …..

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Meaning Of Life Part II

archetypal / September 16, 2007 / 4 Comments

Giegerich claims that myth, religion, and metaphysics were never explicit answers to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” Rather, he says they were merely the concrete articulation or formulation, in imaginal form, and, in the case of metaphysics, the explication, in the mode of thought, of the form of the factually existing in-ness in, or groundedness of, existence at each historical locus respectively. The tales of myth, the religious practices, doctrines, or dogmas, the elaborate systems of metaphysics, spelled out in different modes the logic that factually governed a people’s lived life. They were the self-expression in consciousness of the meaning that was. He returns back to his …..

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Meaning Of Life Part I

archetypal / September 16, 2007 / 1 Comment

As time permits, I will begin posting comments on an essay by Wolfgang Giegerich called The End Of Meaning And The Birth Of Man. Giegerich is a German Jungian analyst. The following short bio is from his book, The Soul’s Logical Life: After university studies in the field of literature in Germany and the United States and an assistant professorship at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, N.J.), Wolfgang Giegerich trained in analytical psychology at the C.G. Jung Institute in Stuttgart, Germany. He works as a psychotherapist and training analyst in private practice near Munich. He has lectured and published internationally. His books include Atombome und Seele und Drachenkampf (both Raben-Reihe, Z├╝rich), …..

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The Giegerich Project

Uncategorized / September 16, 2007 / 2 Comments

I am going to begin a new project on this blog. We’ll see how it goes. This is a new author for me. I am very unfamiliar with his work. I know that he is an archetypal psychologist and has been very influential in that field. As time permits, I will begin posting comments on an essay by Wolfgang Giegerich called The End Of Meaning And The Birth Of Man. Giegerich is a German Jungian analyst. The following short bio is from his book, The Soul’s Logical Life: After university studies in the field of literature in Germany and the United States and an assistant professorship at Rutgers University (New …..

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