A Cultural History of the Soul

A Cultural History of the Soul

Author: Kocku von Stuckrad

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231553575

Category: Religion

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The soul, which dominated many intellectual debates at the beginning of the twentieth century, has virtually disappeared from the sciences and the humanities. Yet it is everywhere in popular culture—from holistic therapies and new spiritual practices to literature and film to ecological and political ideologies. Ignored by scholars, it is hiding in plain sight in a plethora of religious, psychological, environmental, and scientific movements. This book uncovers the history of the concept of the soul in twentieth-century Europe and North America. Beginning in fin de siècle Germany, Kocku von Stuckrad examines a fascination spanning philosophy, the sciences, the arts, and the study of religion, as well as occultism and spiritualism, against the backdrop of the emergence of experimental psychology. He then explores how and why the United States witnessed a flowering of ideas about the soul in popular culture and spirituality in the latter half of the century. Von Stuckrad examines an astonishingly wide range of figures and movements—ranging from Ernest Renan, Martin Buber, and Carl Gustav Jung to the Esalen Institute, deep ecology, and revivals of shamanism, animism, and paganism to Rachel Carson, Ursula K. Le Guin, and the Harry Potter franchise. Revealing how the soul remains central to a culture that is only seemingly secular, this book casts new light on the place of spirituality, religion, and metaphysics in Europe and North America today.
A Cultural History of the Soul
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Kocku von Stuckrad
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-02-15 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

The soul, which dominated many intellectual debates at the beginning of the twentieth century, has virtually disappeared from the sciences and the humanities. Yet it is everywhere in popular culture—from holistic therapies and new spiritual practices to literature and film to ecological and political ideologies. Ignored by scholars, it is
Secrets of the Soul
Language: en
Pages: 450
Authors: Eli Zaretsky
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-08-09 - Publisher: Vintage

The fledgling science of psychoanalysis permanently altered the nineteenth-century worldview with its remarkable new insights into human behavior and motivation. It quickly became a benchmark for modernity in the twentieth century--though its durability in the twenty-first may now be in doubt. More than a hundred years after the publication of
A Cultural History of the Senses in the Renaissance
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Herman Roodenburg
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-10-23 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

We know the Renaissance as a key period in the history of Europe. It saw the development of court and urban cultures, witnessed the first global voyages of discovery and gave rise to the Reformation and Counter Reformation. It also started with the 'invention' of oil painting, linear perspective and
A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Juanita Ruys, Clare Monagle
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-08-20 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Our period opens at the end of the Roman Empire when intellectual currents are indebted to the Greek philosophical inheritance of Plato and Aristotle, as well as to a Romanized Stoicism. Into this mix entered the new, and from 313CE imperially sanctioned, religion of Christianity. In art, literature, music, and
A Cultural History of Theatre in Antiquity
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Martin Revermann
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-08-08 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Theatre was at the very heart of culture in Graeco-Roman civilizations and its influence permeated across social and class boundaries. The theatrical genres of tragedy, comedy, satyr play, mime and pantomime operate in Antiquity alongside the conception of theatre as both an entertainment for the masses and a vehicle for