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Monday, May 21, 2012
Where: Jung Society Library
Monday, May 21, 2012

What: Course
Who: Brendan Feeley
When: 6 Alternate Mondays
Fees: $150.00, members in advance; $175.00, general, $125.00, full-time student members and senior members

All eternal joy longs for failures.
For all joy wants itself, hence it also wants agony.
O happiness, O pain! Oh, break, heart!
You higher men do learn this, joy wants eternity.
Joy wants the eternity of all things, wants deep, wants deep eternity.

-The Second Dance-Song, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra is written in four parts and it is said to be the masterpiece of his life's work. The book has become a classic, and it is regarded by many as belonging to both philosophy and literature. Many of the themes in Nietzsche's earlier philosophy are central to the teachings and preaching of the prophet Zarathustra: the struggle between light and dark, the denial of the body, the contempt for the earth, the mortification of the will, the failure of metaphysics and morality, morality as anti-nature, his objection to the ascetic ideal and his advocacy of freedom from the prejudices of religion and society. The central idea of the entire work is the notion of self "overcoming," the theme of the "overman," and the "eternal return" to the joy of deep eternity.

Jung developed an interest in Nietzsche after his break with Freud, and it is said that "he plunged with enthusiasm" into his writings. The Seminar on Nietzsche's Zarathustra took place from 1934 - 1939, and Jung saw in Nietzsche's brilliance a philosopher who was different from those who had gone before him; through his own brilliance he throws light on Nietzsche's philosophical ideas, but more importantly, on the philosopher, himself, and his gradual decline into madness. Nietzsche had regard for the symbolic and the psychological, and he saw the irrational world of dream, fantasy, image, and instinct as a source of knowledge. This became a source of inspiration for Jung's own psychological ideas. In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, we find "poems, sermons, dreams, visions, songs, stories," and in Jung's Seminar we find a commentary on Nietzsche's symbolism that is not to be found elsewhere.

It is anticipated that parts 1 and 2 will be covered in the Spring and parts 3 and 4 in the Fall.

Brendan Feeley received graduate degrees from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland (1975) and Pacifica Graduate Institute (1996) and he practices homeopathy, ayurveda and vedic astrology in Rockville, MD. He is a member of the International Association of Jungian Studies. He can be reached at 301-424-6644 or bpfeeley@aol.com.


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