Leanne Whitney Author of Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali

Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali

General Information

Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali is available in Hardback and various eprints including Nook and Kindle. To order a copy of the book directly from Routledge please click here.


ABOUT:

The East-West dialogue increasingly seeks to compare and clarify contrasting views on the nature of consciousness. For the Eastern liberatory models, where a nondual view of consciousness is primary, the challenge lies in articulating how consciousness and the manifold contents of consciousness are singular. Western empirical science, on the other hand, must provide a convincing account of how consciousness arises from matter. By placing the theories of Jung and Patañjali in dialogue with one another, Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali illuminates significant differences between dual and nondual psychological theory and teases apart the essential discernments that theoreticians must make between epistemic states and ontic beliefs.


Patañjali’s Classical Yoga, one of the six orthodox Hindu philosophies, is a classic of Eastern and world thought. Patañjali teaches that notions of a separate egoic “I” are little more than forms of mistaken identity that we experience in our attempts to take ownership of consciousness. Carl Jung’s depth psychology, which remains deeply influential to psychologists, religious scholars, and artists alike, argues that ego-consciousness developed out of the unconscious over the course of evolution. By exploring the work of key theoreticians from both schools of thought, particularly those whose ideas are derived from an integration of theory and practice, Whitney explores the extent to which the seemingly irremediable split between Jung and Patañjali’s ontological beliefs can in fact be reconciled. 


This thorough and insightful work will be essential reading for academics, theoreticians, and postgraduate students in the fields of psychology, philosophy of science, and consciousness studies. It will also appeal to those interested in the East–West psychological and philosophical dialogue.


Learn More

I recently recorded a 7-minute interview about Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali for an author’s spotlight broadcast at my graduate school, Pacifica Graduate Institute. This is a short teaser of what is inside the covers.

Published Papers

INNATE AND EMERGENT

Innate and Emergent: Jung, Yoga and the Archetype of the Self Encounter the Objective Measures of Affective Neuroscience was published in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy vol. 14, no. 2, 2018.



In this edition of Cosmos and History, Foundations of Mind VII my work is featured alongside my colleagues at the Foundations of Mind—including Fred Alan Wolf, Bevely Rubik and Christopher Langan.

 

An open access journal,
all articles are available for free. 

JUNG, YOGA AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE

Jung, Yoga and Affective Neuroscience: Towards A Contemporary Science of the Sacred was published in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy vol. 14, no. 1, 2018.



In this edition of Cosmos and History, Foundations of Mind V: The New AI Scare, my work is featured alongside my colleagues at the Foundations of Mind—including Fred Alan Wolf, Means Kafatos and Christopher Langan.

 

An open access journal,
all articles are available for free. 

JUNG IN DIALOGUE WITH FREUD AND AND PATAÑJALI

Jung in Dialogue with Freud and Patañjali: Instinct, Affective Neuroscience, and the Reconciliation of Science and Religious Experience was published in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy vol. 13, no. 2, 2017. 

This volume also features work by Menas Kafatos, Fred Alan Wolf, and Elizabeth Rauscher.   

An open access journal,
all articles are available for free.



DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY THROUGH THE LENS OF CLASSICAL YOGA

Depth Psychology Through the Lens of Classical Yoga: A Reconsideration of Jung’s Ontic Reality was published online by The International Journal of Jungian Studies in October 2016.



BEYOND CONCEPTION

Beyond Conception: Ontic Reality, Pure Consciousness and Matter was published in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy vol. 11, no. 2, 2015. 

This volume also features work by Fritjof Capra, Menas Kafatos, and Wolfgang Baer.   

An open access journal,
all articles are available for free.

JUNG AND NONDUALITY

Jung and Nonduality: Some Clinical and Theoretical Implications of the Self as Totality of the Psyche, co-authored with Dr. Lionel Corbett, was published by The International Journal of Jungian Studies in October 2015.