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Individuation and the Absolute: Hegel, Jung, and the Path Toward Wholeness

Kelly, Sean

 The aim of this work by a Canadian religious philosopher/teacher and T’ai Ch’i instructor argues on behalf of complex holism, which is founded on the idea that all pairs of opposites, such as "nature and spirit, the finite and the infinite, the universal and the particular, the individual and the collectivity, are dialectically related or mutually implicative" (p. 2). The only exception is the Whole or the Absolute because they include the concepts of partiality and relativity. Complex holism also involves process and dynamism. Kelly attempts to reconcile Hegel, who viewed the whole "as nothing other than the essence consummating itself through its development" (p. 2) and Jung’s key concept that "every life is the realization of a whole, that is of a self, for which reason this realization can also be called ‘individuation’" (p. 2). In addition to an introduction and conclusion, there are 8 chapters in three parts: Personality and the Unconscious, From the Ego to the Self, and Individuation and the Absolute.
Publisher Information:New York: Paulist Press, 1993. 212p. Bibl: 202-207; Ind: 208-212
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