Human history is replete with accounts of horrendous evil, and we are constantly reminded that evil is a recurring presence in our lives. This lecture will discuss a variety of ideas about the nature of evil and some of its social and psychological sources. We will ask whether evil is entirely a product of human psychology, psychopathology, the shadow, and human destructiveness and aggression, or whether archetypal or transpersonal evil exists. We will look at whether what we call evil is only a matter of human judgment or whether there are absolute standards for describing behavior as evil. We will examine the ancient notion of the devil in terms of depth psychology, look into why Jung objected to the notion of evil as the privatio boni, and discuss Jung's notion of the dark side of the Self.
Lionel Corbett, M.D. trained as a Jungian analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago 1978-1986; helped found a training program for Jungian analysts in Santa Fe, while carrying on a private practice and teaching psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Corbett has studied various spiritual disciplines including Christian and Jewish mysticism, Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, and Yoga and has had a personal meditation practice for over 20 years. He now teaches depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute near Santa Barbara, California, where he founded the Psyche and the Sacred program, a highly successful series in its 5th year that integrates spirituality with depth psychology. This program has developed a powerful approach to spirituality that is based on personal experience of the sacred, avoiding all forms of doctrine and dogma. He is the author of 5 books, several training films, and about 40 professional articles.
Publications Include: Fire in the Stone: The Alchemy of Desire (essay); Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion; The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice; The Religious Function of the Psyche
Areas of Emphasis: Religious Function of the Psyche; Interface of Analytical Psychology and Psychoanalytical Theories.