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Introduction

  • Gaia Domenici
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Abstract

In the introduction, I will explore Jung’s complex relationship with Nietzsche, regarded both as a philosopher and—above all—as an individual. In particular, I will dwell upon the psychological meaning of Thus Spoke Zarathustra for Jung’s understanding of his own personal experience of Liber Novus. I will formulate the hypothesis that the apparent misunderstanding emerging from Jung’s four-year seminar on Zarathustra can be explained through a close reading of Liber Novus: Jung understood Zarathustra as a sort of Nietzsche’s Liber Novus. To endorse my hypothesis, I will show how both Zarathustra and Liber Novus can be thought of as ‘visionary’ works, a precise category Jung had a vivid interest in and analysed in details in 1930. I will conclude the introduction with a brief synthesis of the other chapters of the book.

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