Jung I versus Jung II


Draghici-Vasilescu, Nuta




The Thesis discusses Carl Gustav Jung's correspondence with his less known correspondents, especially the letters from the two volumes and some selected letters from Collected Works, volume 18. It answers the questions below, central to Jung's psychology of religion:

Is there for Jung a reality of an extra-psychic, objective God beyond the psyche?

Is Jung's claim that his psychology is a form of empirical science undermined by a latent metaphysics in his understanding of the psyche?

The conclusions of the Thesis are as follows:

To the question about the reality of an extrapsychic being Jung does not take a definitive stand is his correspondence, as he did not take one in his scientific work. Certain texts imply that there is no God beyond the psyche. In others he says the question is beyond his competence as a psychologist. The wider framework of his psychology may favour the first set of statements.

For Jung "empirical data" lead to a specific religious implication. There is a latent metaphysics in Jung's works that his well known correspondents (Martin Buber and Victor White) and many of his less known correspondents questioned.


Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961
Psychology, Religious




Carleton University

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