Depth Psychology, Interpretation, and the Bible

Depth Psychology, Interpretation, and the Bible

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Polka also raises the larger issue of the relationship between modernity, hermeneutics, and biblical ontology. He argues that the origins and structure of modern values can be understood only through a theory of hermeneutics whose ontology overcomes the dualism between the secular and the religious, between philosophy and religion. Polka shows this to be possible when biblical ontology is understood to be at once rational and faithful, secular and religious. He uses the work of Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, and Kierkegaard to articulate the ontological framework that makes clear how typically modern Freud is in being unable to account for the relationship of his thought to biblical religion. Polka argues that Freudian metapsychology, precisely because it cannot account for its own principles of explanation, contradicts the insights of depth psychology. Paradoxically, religion returns in Freud as the repressed, as it does in so much of modern thought. Polka shows that what is therefore required is a hermeneutical theory whose ontological articulation of biblical religion is critically self-conscious.An Ontological Essay on Freud Brayton Polka ... Such is the fate of those who know that they are ignorant a€” which is precisely the discovery that Oedipus, like Socrates, makes a€” but ... Oedipus at Colonus, the sequel to Oedipus the King, helps one see that the Oedipus plays of Sophocles are not about psychoanalyticalanbsp;...

Title:Depth Psychology, Interpretation, and the Bible
Author:Brayton Polka
Publisher:McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP - 2001-02-12


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