Critique of Jordan B. Peterson’s Neo-Hegelian philosophy

(Mats Winther) #1

Abstract : Peterson’s philosophy, as expounded in Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief , departs radically from views held in depth psychology and theology but has much in common with Hegel. The world of consciousness is greatly overestimated. His exaggerated intellectualism leads to deep symbols being over-rationalized, producing meager and sterile interpretations. The article contributes to the understanding of myth and religion.

Keywords : identification, psychic integration, symbolic meaning, transcendence, evil, heroism, Magna Mater, Osiris, resurrection, alchemy, Hegel, Carl Jung, M-L von Franz, Nietzsche, St Augustine.

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