The History of Psychology Centre of British Psychological Society (BPS) has just announced its fall seminar series on the History of the Psychological Disciplines. The first event of the series will take place October 26, 2011 at 6pm. Martin Liebscher (left), of University College London, will be speaking on “Where Zarathustra Meets the Furor Teutonicus and the Puer Aeternus: C.G. Jung’s Reading of Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra.” The abstract reads,
For five years, from 1934 to 1939, C.G. Jung held a seminar series on Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra at the Psychological Club Zürich. Originally outlined as an introductory course into Analytical Psychology, the seminar is also a depiction of Jung’s development of thought, especially the extension and refinement of his archetypal theory. Historically, this epoch saw National Socialism coming to power in Germany, and Jung reflects these events throughout the seminar series. A close reading of Jung’s interpretation of Zarathustra can therefore shed a light on his reception of fascism and his heavily criticised attitude towards National Socialism.
Additional talks for the fall term are still TBA. Full details of the series, including Martin Liebscher’s talk, can be found here.