"All steps forward in the improvement of the human psyche have been paid for by blood." Further to this statement from C. G. Jung, Wolfgang Giegerich's third volume of Collected English Papers shows that the soul is not merely the innocent recipient or victim of violence: it also produces itself through violent deeds and expresses itself through violent acts. Beginning in primordial times with the ritual spilling of blood in animal and human sacrifice, a light was kindled within the darkness of what would otherwise have been mere biological existence, the light of consciousness, mindedness, and "the soul." And following upon this, in the clearance thus created, the soul attained new statuses of itself on the historic battlefields of war and revolution. First-order killings gave way to second-order killings, the killings of metaphysics and philosophy. Turning around upon itself (even as it violently engaged those adversarial others through whom its self-relation was mediated) the soul learned to self-critically cut into itself. It was in this way, as the inwardness of the blood that was paid out for it, that psychology emerged. Topics include ritual slaughter as primordial soul-making, shadow integration and the rise of psychology, blood-brotherhood and blood-revenge, the alchemy of history, Kafka's "In the Penal Colony," child sacrifice, Islamic terrorism, and the animus as negation with special reference to Bluebeard.
Wolfgang Giegerich is a Jungian analyst, now living in Berlin, and the author of numerous books, among them What Is Soul? and Neurosis: The Logic of a Metaphysical Illness. Giegerich's Collected English Papers include The Neurosis of Psychology (Vol. I). Technology and the Soul (Vol. 2), Soul-Violence (Vol. 3), The Soul Always Thinks (Vol. 4), The Flight into the Unconscious (Vol. 5), and Dreaming the Myth Onwards (Vol. 6) (all Routledge).
Introduction: Psychology and the Other. PART I: BASIC CONCEPTS OF PSYCHOLOGY: CHILD, SHADOW, ANIMUS. 1. The Rescued Child, or the Misappropriation of Time: On the Search for Meaning. 2. First Shadow, then Anima, or The Advent of the Guest: Shadow Integration and the Rise of Psychology. 3. The Animus as Negation and as the Soul's Own Other: The Soul's Threefold Stance toward Its Experience of Its Other. PART II: THE FOREIGNNESS OF THE ARCHAIC PSYCHE. 4. The Sacrifice of Isaac and the Watershed of History: Preparatory and Methodological Remarks Concerning the Topic of Ritual Killings. 5. Killings. 6. Blood Brotherhood, Blood Revenge and Devotio: Glimpses of the Archaic Psyche. 7. Once More, the Reality/Irreality Issue: A Reply to Hillman's Reply. PART III: PSYCHOLOGY'S PLACE AND ROLE IN HISTORY. 8. Comment on James Hillman's "Psychology: Monotheistic or Polytheistic?". 9. The Alchemy of History. PART IV: REALITY EXTRA ANIMAM. 10. Islamic Terrorism. Index.