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Lectures on Jung's Aion


Barbara Hannah and Marie-Louise von Franz

160 pp.  
5 ½ x 8 ½

Chiron Publications


Aion, a major work from Jung’s later years, has long been a source of fascination for a wide variety of scholars and thinkers. Presented here are two substantial commentaries on this rich and complex text by two important figures in Jung’s life and work: Barbara Hannah and Marie-Louise von Franz.

Hannah delivered these lectures in 1957 at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich. She addresses each chapter of Aion, providing detailed, in-depth analysis of selected passages, while suggesting resources for further study. Well-paced and thoughtfully planned, she scans the work from beginning to end, illuminating many subtle nuances.

In a private interview with Claude Drey in her home during the spring of 1965, Marie-Louise von Franz looks closely at chapter fourteen of Aion—“The Structure and Dynamics of the Self.” Published here for the first time, von Franz offers a lively and free-flowing discussion of key passages in Jung's work.

Lectures on Jung's Aion is the first volume in the "Polarities of the Psyche" series, edited by Emmanuel Kennedy-Xypolitas. This series focuses on the broad theme of the opposites in the psyche. In 2006, Chiron published the second volume is The Archetypal Symbolism of Animals by Barbara Hannah. Also in this series is the two-volume set of Barbara Hannah's Animus: The Spirit of Inner Truth in Women (2010): Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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