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The Depths of the Cartesian Split: A Hidden Myth in Modern Psychology
by Short, Brandon D., Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 294; 10822143
Abstract (Summary)

Cartesian dualism is analyzed as a psychological image, instead of as a philosophical proposition. This is done by first arguing that elements of existing commentary are indicative of a psychological complex, acting unconsciously, in contemporary academic communities. As a hermeneutic study, these elements are then further interpreted through a Jungian lens, specifically cultural complex theory. Myth is used to highlight and identify the deep psychological structures that are active in what I am calling the Cartesian Split complex. In this new context, possible origins are explored in cultural history, as well as its purpose, with potential lessons offered for a wide range of academic fields, including depth psychology. Specifically, there is a call to refine terminology used for consciousness, as well as for the overall mind-body dichotomy. Also, a new approach is offered for the history of consciousness. Most importantly, a diagnosis is given concerning the present nature of consciousness, and a potential remedy is offered, in the form of a new reading of the original texts. Such a new reading, however, depends on a new perspective, that which is constructed by the present study.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Le Grice, Keiron
Commitee: Fontelieu, Sukey, Morris, Katherine
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, Comparative religion
Keywords: Complex, Consciousness, Dismemberment, Dissociation, Dualism, Gnostic
Publication Number: 10822143
ISBN: 978-0-355-94552-2
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