Imagination in the Western Psyche: From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience

1st Edition

Jonathan Erickson

August 21, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 304 Pages
ISBN 9780367205164 - CAT# K418839
Series: Research in Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies


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Imagination in the Western Psyche: From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience offers a comprehensive treatment of the human imagination by integrating the rich discourse on imagination in the humanities with modern neuroscientific research. This book is the first to offer an integrated understanding of imagination from both a humanistic (i.e. historical, philosophical, cultural, depth psychological) and scientific perspective.

The book presents neurobiological accounts that align with prominent theories in Jungian and archetypal psychology and offers a window into the many ways imagination can be understood. It elaborates on the discourse on imagination in Western Civilization which goes back thousands of years. Chapters analyse how imagination has been considered throughout history and contrasts a modern neuroscientific approach which looks at imagination by studying its component parts without addressing the phenomenon in all its experiential richness and complexity. By bringing these two approaches together an account of the human imagination emerges that is grounded in scientific rigor without diminishing the fullness of human experience.

This book will appeal to academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of analytical psychology, depth psychology, Jungian studies, and psychotherapy

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