Merkur on Jung on ethics, mysticism, and religion

Robert A. Segal* (Corresponding Author)

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In Jung’s Ethics, Dan Merkur, a psychoanalyst in Toronto and the author of many books on the Inuit, psychoanalytic theory, mysticism, and drug-induced religious experience, here writes for the first time on Jungian psychology. Merkur is not abandoning Freud for Jung. A Freudian he remains. But he seeks to contrast Jung positively to Freud. Merkur draws scores of contrasts. Some of them are already known, some not. But even when the contrasts are known, Merkur illuminates them. He is especially concerned with the difference between Freud and Jung on the relationship of psychology to religion. Where Freud seeks to replace religion by psychology, Jung seeks to make psychology itself religious. Whether Jung in fact succeeds in tying psychology so tightly to religion, as Merkur contends, is considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-154
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Jungian Studies
Issue number2
Early online date15 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • ethics
  • Freud
  • Jung
  • mysticism
  • mythology
  • religion
  • unconscious


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