By Arthur I. Miller
Title note: initially released in 2009, in hardcover as Deciphering the Cosmic quantity: The unusual Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung
Is there a host on the root of the universe? A primal quantity that every little thing on the planet hinges on?
This query exercised many nice minds of the 20th century, between them the groundbreaking physicist Wolfgang Pauli and the recognized psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Their obsession with the ability of sure numbers—including 137, which describes the atom’s fine-structure consistent and has nice Kabbalistic significance—led them to boost an not likely friendship and to embark on a joint mystical quest attaining deep into medieval alchemy, dream interpretation, and the chinese language ebook of alterations.
137 explores the profound intersection of contemporary technology with the occult, yet certainly it's the story of a rare, fruitful friendship among of the best thinkers of our occasions.
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Having its origins in the unconscious soul, reason is the exalted dialectical outgrowth of desire; 7. Although the unconscious undergoes dialectical evolution, it is never fully sublated, remaining a repository where failed or diseased shapes of spirit return; and 8. Hegel’s theory of the unconscious anticipates and parallels Freud’s discoveries in many remarkable ways; thus his theory is of significance for psychoanalysis today. In chapter 1, I examine the concept of original ground (Grund) and show how Hegel was profoundly influenced by several historical sources that in all likelihood contributed to his conceptualizations of the unconscious abyss.
This is spirit taking up what has been put forth by intuition and positing it as spirit’s own content. Intelligence is not, however, only the consciousness and the determinate being, but as such the subject and implicitness of its own determinations; recollected within it, the image is no longer existent, but is preserved unconsciously. (EG § 453) Here, Hegel points to the Concept of intelligence as the being-for-self, capable of presenting itself to itself as a determined object, and preserving such image within the most remote regions of the abyss.
As a telic structure, “intelligence as this unconscious abyss,” unconscious spirit is grounded in the subject. Thereby, the subjective ground of the abyss continually informs the dialectic throughout spirit’s unfolding, transforming into new shapes in its drive toward unity and truth, preserving old ones within the domain of the psychological. Over the course of these proceeding chapters, I will argue for several key theses: 1. Hegel provides a coherent and surprisingly well articulated theory of the unconscious which becomes a pivotal concept in his entire philosophy of spirit; 2.