Sunday, July 11, 2021

Spirit in Man, Art, and Literature by Carl Jung - Summary

On the phenomenon of the spirit in art and science (in German Über das Phänomen des Geistes in Kunst und Wissenschaft ) is a set of writings by Carl Gustav Jung included in the fifteenth volume of his Complete Work 

The articles that make up this volume were published between 1922 and 1941. The title, with Hegelian resonances , sets the track on the main theme: in art and science the spirit of the age becomes aware of itself. 

For Carl Jung, the mystery of creativity constitutes a momentous problem that psychology cannot solve, only describe. Thus, in Psychology and poetry admits that the personal psychology of a creator can be traced back to the roots and even the outermost branches of his work, but the nature of the work of art is not personal peculiarities but that it rises far above the personal, and from the spirit and the heart speaks to the spirit and heart of humanity. Every creative man is a duality or a synthesis of paradoxical properties. On the one hand it is human and personal, but on the other it is an impersonal creative process ... Art is innate to him, like an impulse that takes hold of him and turns him into an instrument. As a person you can have your own moods, will and goals; Instead, as an artist he is a "human being" in the highest sense, he is a collective man, bearer and configurator of the unconsciously acting soul of humanity.
The book includes several short essays dedicated to Paracelsus , Sigmund Freud , Richard Wilhelm , James Joyce , and Pablo Picasso .