The Poetic Basis of Mind – An Introduction to the Work of James Hillman

June to August, 2023, on Zoom

About the Lecture
Archetypal psychology is most closely associated with the works of James Hillman (1927 2011).
Departing from foundations in Freud and Jung it moves in a different air: less Northern, more
Mediterranean, polytheistic rather than monotheistic, and exhibiting parallels with Buddhism and other
Eastern philosophies in its dissolution of literalisms and essentialisms of every sort. It provides a
psychology of soul where anima is located primarily in the world and secondarily in the human person.
It is more than a psychology. It displays a form of life in which metaphor and imagination are the primary
modes of knowledge, and the poetic basis of mind is fundamental.