Beyond the thinking function: Carl Jung and speculative realism
Share, Samuel Tyler
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In this paper I have two main aims: first, to show that Carl Jung's work should be taken seriously by academic philosophers and theorists. Second, to introduce Jung to philosophers in the speculative realist and object-oriented ontology movements as a like-minded thinker. To accomplish these goals, I explore the reasons why Jung has been shunned from philosophy today and show how many of his ideas that have made him unacceptable for academics actually make him especially appealing for speculative realism. Special attention is paid to Jung's points of contention with Freud and Lacan. I also show how Jung's theory of psychological types allows for a novel approach to the debate between speculative realism and correlationism. This theory also points toward a radically different philosophical methodology in Jung's "transcendent function" that could be of great use to the speculative realists in their efforts to break away from mainstream academic thought.