Gaia, Psyche and Deep Ecology: Navigating Climate Change in the Anthropocene

1st Edition

Andrew Fellows

Routledge
March 22, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138300507 - CAT# Y365715

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Summary

In Gaia, Psyche and Deep Ecology: Navigating Climate Change in the Anthropocene, Andrew Fellows uniquely connects Jungian, Earth systems and philosophical approaches to the environmental crisis that we are living through today. He elucidates the psychological basis of our dysfunctional relationship with nature, thereby offering a coherent framework for transforming this in our personal and professional lives. The time is ripe for new ideas that transcend the status quo, and Fellows tackles unprecedented 21st century challenges such as climate change through his interdisciplinary approach.

Fellows proposes a transformation of our worldview, informed by depth psychology, which radically contradicts the prevailing shibboleths of unlimited economic growth, dominion over outer nature and negation of our inner nature. To accommodate a broad readership, he first introduces the Anthropocene and sufficient basics of systems dynamics, Gaia theory and analytical psychology before exploring the mind-matter conundrum. He then correlates the structure, dynamics, contents and pathology of Gaia and of psyche, critiques the Western Zeitgeist as midlife enantiodromia, and establishes parallels between deep ecology and individuation. His ground-breaking synthesis of Gaia theory, analytical psychology and deep ecology reveals synergies which show how we can, and why we must, relinquish anthropocentrism in order to survive sustainably as equals in and with the natural world.

Combining Jungian theory with other cutting-edge disciplines to heal our relationship with the natural world, Gaia, Psyche and Deep Ecology: Navigating Climate Change in the Anthropocene is essential reading for Jungian analysts, students and scholars, and for all, including professionals in Earth systems science, environmental philosophy and ecopsychology, who realise that ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option.

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