The 71st volume of the Eranos Yearbooks, Beyond Masters – Spaces Without Thresholds, presents the work of the activities at the Eranos Foundation in 2012. The book gathers the lectures organized on the theme of the 2012 Eranos Conference, “On the Threshold – Disorientation and New Forms of Space” together with the talks given on the occasion of the 2012 Eranos-Jung Lectures seminar cycle, on the topic, “The Eclipse of the Masters?” This volume includes essays by Valerio Adami, Stephen Aizenstat, Claudio Bonvecchio, Michael Engelhard, Adriano Fabris, Maurizio Ferraris, Mauro Guindani, Nikolaus Koliusis, Fabio Merlini, Bernardo Nante, Fausto Petrella, Gian Piero Quaglino, Shantena Augusto Sabbadini, Amelia Valtolina, and Marco Vozza.
Each lecture is reproduced in the language in which it was presented: 12 essays in Italian, 3 in English, and 2 in German.
In 1933 in a secluded villa on the mountainous shore of Lago Maggiore, in Ascona, Switzerland, a group of scholars, organized by the inspired Olga Fröebe-Kapteyn, gathered around C. G. Jung to discuss the research topics they were involved in whether in psychology, religion, anthropology, or the classics. At this conference, the first of the Eranos Conferences or in German, Tagung, a unique tradition was born. And the Eranos Conferences have continued up to this day. They have united some of the most unusual thinkers and personalities of this century with the in-depth research of lesser known scholars. Until this day the Conferences continue to provide a fertile opportunity for meetings and creative discussions. Over the years the Eranos Conferences have become famous for their diversity and breadth of humanistic content. Focusing on general humanist topics, the Conferences often bring to the forefront of discussion Eastern philosophies and religions little known to the West, or cutting edge scientific theories. Over the years the Eranos Conferences have produced over six hundred original works, published in sixty-six volumes of Eranos Yearbooks. Because through the years Eranos has stood for off main-stream thinking and research, today, due to its international and innovative potential, it holds the promise of a substantial contribution to mankind.
This Eranos Yearbook covers the events of the first three years since the relaunching of the Eranos Foundation in 2006. The themes of the conferences – ‘The Modernities of East and West’ or ‘Perspectives on Violence and Aggression’, for example – reflect both the long and prestigious tradition of the Eranos Foundation and the relevance of Eranos to the present. The prominent international speakers succeeded in making fruitful contributions in addressing some of the most pressing questions of our times. The conferences were held under the presidency of John van Praag (2005-2009), to whom the Eranos Foundation is indebted for having conducted this major endeavor.
2006 Eranos Conference Eranos Reborn
2007 Eranos Conference The Modernities of East and West
2007 Fetzer at Eranos Conference Emerging Images of Humanity – Exploring Conscious Participation in Emergent Processes
2008 Eranos Conference Perspectives on Violence and Aggression
A Presentation from the 2008 Pacifica at Eranos Conference The Legacy Tour of Zürich and Eranos, Ascona, Switzerland
Redefining age-old concepts of masculinity, Jungian analysts Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette make the argument that mature masculinity is not abusive or domineering, but generative, creative, and empowering of the self and others. Moore and Gillette clearly define the four mature male archetypes that stand out through myth and literature across history: the king (the energy of just and creative ordering), the warrior (the energy of aggressive but nonviolent action), the magician (the energy of initiation and transformation), and the lover (the energy that connects one to others and the world), as well as the four immature patterns that interfere with masculine potential (divine child, oedipal child, trickster and hero). King, Warrior, Magician, Lover is an exploratory journey that will help men and women reimagine and deepen their understanding of the masculine psyche.
The 70th volume of the Eranos Yearbooks presents the work of the last three years of activities at the Eranos Foundation (2009–2011). It includes the papers given on the theme of the 2011 conference, About Fragility in the Contemporary World, together with talks given on the occasion of the seminar cycle entitled, Eranos Jung Lectures, which took place during the years 2010–2011 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Carl Gustav Jung’s passing. Eminent international scholars gathered to share their work, presented here primarily in English, along with some chapters in Italian. This publication carries additional special meaning in further consolidating the collaboration with the Fetzer Institute by presenting the manuscripts of the Dialogues on the Power of Love, held at Eranos between 2008 and 2011. This project follows the path of the original model of Eranos, especially the aspect of dialogue, searching for understanding and deepening crucial themes in the contemporary world.
2011 Eranos Conference: About Fragility in the Contemporary World
2008–2011 Fetzer Institute Dialogues at Eranos – The Power of Love:
- Love in the Esoteric Traditions
- Love in the History of Eranos
- Love and Beauty in the Visual Arts
- Love and the Social Bond
- Love and the Musical Arts
2010–2011 Eranos-Jung Lectures
The Greek word ‘Eranos’ means a ‘banquet’, to which every guest contributes. From 1933 onwards, the Eranos Conferences took shape in Ascona-Moscia (Switzerland), springing from the idea of Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn to create a ‘Meeting Place of East and West’. Under the influence of the psychologist Carl Gustav Jung and other prominent leaders of that era, the Eranos Conferences found their way towards symbolical, archetypal, and mythological motifs. The Eranos gathering is symbolized by its famous Round Table, the image and meaning of which inspired many of the leading thinkers of the 20th century. For more than 70 years, depth psychologists, philosophers, theologians, orientalists, historians of religions as well as natural scientists find at Eranos a unique place where they could meet and exchange views. The rich collection of Eranos Yearbooks bears testimony to an immense and original work accomplished in various fields of learning.