James Hillman served depth psychology's double task, ever more critical in our time, to affirm "soul" as essential to any true psychology, and to bring psychology out of the consulting room into the world. This task he performed decade after decade with astonishing inventiveness, style, and learning, evident in every sentence he wrote and spoke.
Hillman was full of paradoxes: Wonderfully European, deep-cultured, and multilingual, yet a born American, jazzy, ever improvising, a rebel subverting the old dogmas. He saw through, endlessly, like a postmodern deconstructionist. And yet he saw, vividly, the gods, the spirits, the depths, like an ancient poet. He held an allegiance to the fallen world, yet he risked a large vision. Above all, Hillman championed the imagination in its high rightful place at the center of human reality. And he saw the anima mundi, the soul of the world, in ways no one had seen before.
Join Richard Tarnas for a thoughtful remembrance of James Hillman's extraordinary contribution to our cultural life and psychological reflections.
Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and cultural history at the Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. 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; and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the UK. Rick frequently lectures abroad as well as at various Jungian institutes and societies throughout the U.S., and has served for six years on the Board of Governors of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.