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Day: August 20, 2010

Ficino’s Idea Of Soul

Ficino’s Idea Of Soul

The theme of Soul is the thread that weaves together the tapestry of Ficino’s thinking. I would like to focus on a passage from Ficino’s commentary on Plato’s Phaedrus: You must understand that in approaching the task of depicting the idea of the soul. . . (Marsilio Ficino and the Phaedrian Charioteer, Michael J.B. Allen, page 96). He goes on to describe six conceptions of the soul, which I may deal with in later essays. For now, however, my aim…

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Jung’s Coniunctio: The Chymical Wedding and Heraclitus

Jung’s Coniunctio: The Chymical Wedding and Heraclitus

                    In the workings of alchemy, the reconciliation of Sol and Luna is often referred to as The Chymical Wedding. Carl Jung’s theory of the conjunction of polarities in the psyche borrows heavily from this teaching. The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, tells us that “the way up and the way down are one and the same” (qtd. in Wheelwright 78). The idea that opposites complement each other and are actually the…

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