Subject and Psyche

Subject and Psyche

Subject and Psyche

Subject and Psyche

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In the following work I attempt a contribution to the analysis of the evaluating, deliberating, deciding, existential subject already begun by Bernard Lonergan, and an elucidation of what this contribution has to do with the theological functional specialty 'foundations.' I use as my key sentence the following statement from Lonergan Method in Theology: 'Besides the immediate world of the infant and the adult's world mediated by meaning, there is the mediation of immediacy by meaning when one objectifies cognitional process in transcendental method and when one discovers, identifies, accepts one's submerged feelings in psychotherapy' (Lonergan 1993, 77). I attempt to understand the second mediation as aiding the self-appropriation of the existential subject in much the same way as the first aids that of the cognitional subject. In my first chapter, I show that such a context for understanding psychotherapy is at least implicit in Method in Theology. In the second, third, fourth, and fifth chapters I use Lonergan's thought to aid me in generating appropriate categories for understanding this second mediation of immediacy by meaning. Finally, in the sixth chapter, I state the function of this psychic self-appropriation in relation to the functional specialty Toundations.'

While I have made use of the writings of Carl Gustav Jung to elucidate the process of psychotherapy, the present work cannot be taken as a thorough statement of Jung's rel-

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