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MPP94 David Tacey on James Hillman, Jung & Religion (part one)
On this episode I speak with David Tacey, an Australian public intellectual, writer and scholar. David has written and taught extensively on Jung, spirituality and Christianity and is Professor Emeritus of Literature at La Trobe University in Melbourne and Research Professor at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.
In our conversation, David shares his memories of meeting and working with the renowned post-Jungian writer James Hillman. While I’ve spoken with other people like Thomas Moore who worked closely with Hillman, this is the first time I’ve talked to someone who was actually in analysis with him.
David offers some unique insights into Hillman and his work, as well as a few criticisms. Some of you might know David from the articles he published a few years ago critiquing Hillman’s work and legacy titled The Unmaking of a Psychologist. Those articles were my first introduction to David and his work and I appreciate his outsider perspective on Hillman and the Jungian approach to religion, and more specifically, Christianity.
David was very generous with his time, so I’ve decided to split our conversation into two parts. The second part will deal more specifically with Jung and Religion.