Ancient Religious Wisdom, Spirituality And Psychoanalysis

Hardcover | April 30, 2003

byPaul Marcus

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This volume presents a rationale for a spiritually animated psychoanalysis. Classic world religious literature is analyzed in depth showing how Ecclesiastes, St. Augustine's Confessions, The Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, and others can enhance psychoanalysis. Marcus argues that psychoanalysis is a theory and profession in crisis, partly due to its alienation from the spiritual and moral philosophies contained in ancient religious wisdom. This volume presents the spiritual as a core dimension of the psyche, and the quest for self-transcendence--meeting the glory of the Infinite--as a quest inherent in the human condition. Of special interest to those studying psychoanalysis, psychology, and religious studies, this volume may also intrigue those studying the philosophy of religion.

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This volume presents a rationale for a spiritually animated psychoanalysis. Classic world religious literature is analyzed in depth showing how Ecclesiastes, St. Augustine's Confessions, The Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, and others can enhance psychoanalysis. Marcus argues that psychoanalysis is a theory and profession in crisis, partly du...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.48 × 6.62 × 0.89 inPublished:April 30, 2003Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275974529

ISBN - 13:9780275974527

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?Marcus emphasizes the trans-historical and non-temporal dimensions of the wisdom traditions, namely, the emphasis on the universal meaning rather than the particular. His aim is to address the secular psychoanalyst and analysand as well as scholars in the field of psychology and religion. The aim of his inquiry is not a clinical handbook, but rather an exploration of how psychoanalysis both in theory and praxis can become more receptive to the transcendent dimension in human development. Overall, Marcus's inquiry is a significant and timely contribution to contemporary scholarship in the field of religion and psychology.??Studies in Religion