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The Innermost Kernel : Depth Psychology and Quantum Physics. Wolfgang Pauli's Dialogue with C.G. Jung - Suzanne Gieser

The Innermost Kernel

Depth Psychology and Quantum Physics. Wolfgang Pauli's Dialogue with C.G. Jung

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2005
ISBN: 9783540208563
Number Of Pages: 378

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"The Innermost Kernel" offers an insightful examination of the research and history of the physicist and Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Pauli and his interest in Jungian psychology, philosophy and western world-view. It is also a study of the intellectual setting and context of Pauli's thinking, i.e. a contribution to the general history of quantum physics, especially concerning the relation of the new physics to psychology. The focus highlights psychological, philosophical and ontological issues and ultimately the possibility of a new understanding of the interrelatedness of man and world. The work is primarily based on the correspondence of the principle characters, and the terminology is mostly from philosophy, Jungian psychology and, a minor part, from physics/mathematics. The author seeks to enhance our understanding of the history of quantum physics and to offer original insight into the fascinating thoughts of Wolfgang Pauli.

From the reviews:

"This revised translation of a Swedish Ph. D. thesis in philosophy offers far more than a discussion of Wolfgang Pauli's encounters with the psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung ... . Here the book explains very well how Pauli attempted to extend his understanding beyond superficial esotericism and spiritism ... . To understand Pauli one needs books like this one, which ... seems to open a path to a fuller understanding of Pauli, who was seeking to solve a quest even deeper than quantum physics." (Arne Schirrmacher, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2006 g)

"This book is a revised and extended version of a doctoral thesis for the degree in philosophy at the University of Uppsala. It is an interesting compilation of basic material concerning Pauli and his contacts and thinking in the world of psychology. It gives moreover a good review of the man behind the physicist. The book contains very extensive bibliographic notes, and specific references. In brief, a must, for the interested reader. The hard cover book is nicely edited following Springer's high-quality standards." (Roland Carchon, Physicalia, Vol. 28 (4-6), 2006)

"Suzanne Gieser presents us with an exceptional work of scholarship, which should become a standard source of reference for anyone interested in a deeper understanding of Jung's theories and their relationship to 20th century science. ... the essential framework of her study derives its form and significance at least as much from the philosophy of science, particularly the implications for Jung's analytical psychology of the epistemological conclusions of quantum mechanics. This is really where the value of this book lies ... ." (George B. Hogenson, Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 53, 2008)

Introduction to Wolfgang Pauli's Dialogue with C.G. Jungp. 1
The Materialp. 4
Wolfgang Pauli, the Copenhagen School and Philosophyp. 11
Biographical Sketchp. 12
A Child of His Time: Fin-de-siecle Viennap. 26
Arthur Schopenhauerp. 36
Ernst Mach and the Deconstruction of Languagep. 42
Niels Bohr and the Copenhagen Schoolp. 54
The Copenhagen School and Psychologyp. 91
Pascual Jordan: Radical Positivism, Psychology and Parapsychologyp. 94
Niels Bohr and Psychologyp. 103
Niels Bohr and C.G. Jungp. 111
C.G Jung and William Jamesp. 113
The Epistemological Theories of Jung and Bohrp. 120
Bohr, Pauli and the Unconsciousp. 126
The Detached Observerp. 131
Rational and Irrationalp. 136
Pauli and Jungp. 141
Pauli's Life Crisisp. 142
Pauli, Jung and Sciencep. 155
Complementarity, Symmetry and the Cosmic Orderp. 170
Kepler, Fludd and the World Soulp. 179
Trinity, Quaternity and the Mandalap. 184
Alchemy, Background Physics and Concept Formationp. 198
Spirit, Nature and Archetypep. 213
Jung as Positivistp. 218
Symmetriesp. 227
Consciousness as a Releasep. 231
Incarnation and Quantum Physicsp. 247
Science, Religion and Mysticismp. 250
Parmenides v. Heraclitus, Einstein v. Bohrp. 259
The Reality of the Symbolp. 268
Synchronicity: Jung's Spiritual Testamentp. 273
Unique Creation: Biology, Automorphism and Mathematicsp. 299
Broken Symmetries, the Chinese Revolution and the World Formulap. 319
Summary and Concluding Remarksp. 335
List of Figuresp. 349
List of Tablesp. 350
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ISBN: 9783540208563
ISBN-10: 3540208569
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 1st February 2005
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.84