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‘“One world”: logical and ethical implications of holism’ is a 24-month research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project aims to determine key strands of thinking explicitly or implicitly underpinning contemporary holistic thought and what ethical conclusions might most reasonably be drawn from such thought. The main method of investigating these issues is through an in-depth clarification and comparison of concepts of wholeness in the work of the Swiss depth psychologist Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) and the French post-structuralist philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1923-1993). Our principal research questions are:

  • Why does holism attract strong positive and negative valuations? And is the positive or negative valuation, if either, better warranted?

  • What is the nature of the underpinning concept of ultimate wholeness?

  • How does the concept relate to the multiplicities of experience? And are there links between a particular concept of ultimate wholeness and the ethical valuations attaching to holistic thought?

  • What are the significance and impact of these issues in the specific field of psychotherapy?

In this seminar we report on some of our interim findings as we approach the mid-point of the project.

Roderick Main, PhD, is a Professor in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, and Principal Investigator of ‘“One world”: logical and ethical implications of holism’.

Christian McMillan, PhD, is Senior Research Officer in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, working on the project ‘“One world”: logical and ethical implications of holism’.

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