Friday, June 20, 2014
7:00-9:00 PM Saturday, June 21, 2014
9:00 AM-5:00 PM Sunday, June 22, 2014
9:00 AM-12:30 PM
$380 General Admission
$330 Special Admission Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors
$300 Active Pacifica Students
Fees include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch
Understanding the significance and complexity of James Hillman’s contribution to our psychological and cultural life will require many years and many hands. This is partly because of the magnitude of his oeuvre—so many books, essays, and lectures—but also because it takes time to gain perspective, to swim out far enough from shore to see the greater context of his large estate.
James Hillman brought the very word “soul” back to psychology. He brought psychology out of the consulting room into the world, and he brought astonishing inventiveness, style, and learning to every sentence he wrote and spoke. The list of dangerous, two-horned topics to which he turned his extraordinary vision is nearly endless: ecology, aging, war, destiny, puer and senex, the city and urban design, architecture, economics, the men’s movement, racism, pornography, language, philosophy, cosmology, astrology, phenomenology, public education, art, animals, emotion, Shakespeare, the Renaissance, Romanticism, and Neoplatonism.
He contained so many paradoxes: He was wonderfully European, cultured, multilingual, and in touch with the primary sources of the grand tradition. But he did what he did as a born American, a jazzy irreverent rebel, always improvising, subverting the dogma of the old monarchy, vigorously asserting the common life of soul—the ambiguous many over the literal one. James was both postmodern and ancient. He saw through, endlessly, like a deconstructionist, and yet he saw, vividly, the gods, the spirits, the depths, like an ancient poet. He recognized essences without ever succumbing to essentialism. He had an allegiance to the fallen world, yet he risked a large vision. He was a poet of psyche and a psychologist of the polis.
Above all, James championed the imagination in its high rightful place at the center of human reality, with perhaps greater force and eloquence than anyone since William Blake. And he saw the anima mundi, the soul of the world, in ways no one had seen before, inspiring not just psychologists but scholars across the disciplines, and artists, poets, and activists on every front.
Join us this weekend as we recall and explore James Hillman’s thought and life, doing so using the many perspectives he himself contributed to: depth psychology, cultural history, archetypal astrology, philosophy, language, and art.
Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., is professor of philosophy and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He has also taught archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. A graduate of Harvard and Saybrook, he is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern. His most recent book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the United Kingdom. He frequently lectures abroad as well as at various Jung institutes and societies throughout the U.S., and is on the Board of Governors of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.