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Jung on Synchronicity and Yijing: A Critical Approach

Jung on Synchronicity and Yijing: A Critical Approach

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Young Woon Ko

Jung on Synchronicity and Yijing: A Critical Approach, by Young Woon Ko This book first published 2011 Cambridge Scholars Publishing 12 Back Chapman Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2XX, UK

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Copyright © 2011 by Young Woon Ko All rights for this book reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner. ISBN (10): 1-4438-2706-1, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-2706-5

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction ............................................................................................... vii Chapter One................................................................................................. 1 Jung’s Archetypal Structure of the Psyche and the Principle of Synchronicity Chapter Two .............................................................................................. 22 The Foundational Theory of the Synchronistic Principle Chapter Three ............................................................................................ 48 Jung’s Reading Sources for the Theory of Synchronicity Chapter Four .............................................................................................. 88 Jung’s Synchronistic Principle and the Phenomenological Model of Time Consciousness Chapter Five ............................................................................................ 100 Yijing for the Theory of Synchronicity Conclusion............................................................................................... 142 Bibliography ............................................................................................ 144 Index........................................................................................................ 152

INTRODUCTION

This book examines Carl Gustav Jung’s (1875-1961) theory of synchronicity and discusses the problem of philosophical sources and Yijing (the Book of Changes) that he brings to support his synchronistic principle. By way of the notion of synchronicity, Jung presents the significance of some human experience as unexplainable within the frame of scientific rationality and causality based on logical consistency. Jung asserts that in the phenomenon of synchronicity is a meaningful parallel between an outer event and an inner psychic situation causally unrelated to each other. Jung’s notion of synchronicity is a condensed form of his archetypal psychology, in which the preconceived pattern or the unconsciousness of the human psyche manifests itself. The synchronic event is a phenomenon developed in the unconscious depth of the mind, which is paradoxically made evident within the limit of the conscious mind. Jung theorizes that these ambiguous contents of the unconscious are difficult to be grasped in the conscious mind, because they cannot be verified simply as true or false. For the theory of synchronicity, Jung seeks to verify that paradoxical propositions can be both true and false or neither true nor false in a complementary relation between the opposites of the conscious and the unconscious. Jung argues that synchronistic phenomena are not the issue of true or false performed by the logical certainty of conscious activity but rather are events formed in the process of the unconscious in response to ego-consciousness. In order to examine the validity of his principle of synchronicity, Jung appeals to the philosophical systems of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (16461716), Immanuel Kant (1742-1804), and Arthur Schopenhauer (17881860). For Jung, these philosophical sources of synchronicity support his criticism...
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