C.G. Jung’s ETH Lectures
The Philemon Foundation is preparing for publication Jung’s ETH Lectures, named for their deliverance at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) from 1933 to 1941, where Jung held a professorship.
The ETH Lectures will be published in eight volumes:
Vol 1. History of Psychology
Winter semester 1933/34
Vol. 2. The Psychology of Consciousness
Summer semester 1934
Vol. 3. Dream Psychology
Winter semester 1934/35 and Summer semester 1935
Vol 4. Psychological Typology
Winter semester 1935/36 and Summer semester 1936
Volume 5. Psychology of the Unconscious
Sommer semester 1937 and Summer semester 1938
Volume 6. The Psychology of Yoga and Meditation
Winter semester 1938/39 and Summer semester 1939
Volume 7. Spiritual Excercises of Ignatius of Loyola
Winter semester 1939/40
Volume 8. The Psychology of Alchemy
Winter semester 1940/41 and summer semester 1941
Comprising over 1500 pages of verbatim notes taken by participants, these volumes contain a wealth of theoretical, clinical, and historical information and give a unique insight into the active evolution of Jung’s thought. Several sets of participant notes have been recovered and their compilation will finally permit a full reconstruction of Jung’s lectures.
In order to create a single manuscript for the ETH Lectures, various sets of notes by different participants who attended the seminars are being collated and compiled. At least five different verbatim accounts exist for some of the ETH seminars. Our editors are weaving these different threads together to form a text that approaches, as closely as possible, a complete rendition of Jung’s original delivery.
The topics of the lectures include a seminal study of the history of psychology, an account of the theory and practice of complex psychology with particular reference to the theory of complexes, dream analysis, psychological types, and the psychology of the unconscious, Jung’s most extended case study, studies of the spiritual exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, the Yoga sutras of Patanjali, and the symbolism of Buddhist meditation practices and medieval alchemy.
In studying these traditions, Jung presented a comparative study of the individuation process in various cultures, in an attempt to construct a psychology that would have cross-cultural validity.
In considering the history of psychology and the status of modern psychology, Jung included the psychological component of Western philosophy, religion, Hermeticism and Eastern thought.