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Writing in Search of Knowing

21 Days of Giving: The Reciprocal Formation of Subject and Collective

21 Days of Giving: The Reciprocal Formation of Subject and Collective


What do mirror neurons, Jung’s collective unconscious and narrative psychology have in common? They all point towards the gesture of giving.  Giving is at the heart of how human subjects interact with each other to form „collectives“ and interact with these collectives to form individual identities.


Taking giving as its main motif, the book navigates through psychoanalytic, neuroscientific and philosophical literature to understand how  individual and collective identity give rise to each other. At the heart of the discussion is the Daoist notion of mutual arising alongside Carl Jung’s idea of (De-)Individuation. The book’s aim is to advance axioms for a theory about how  individuals shape collective identities and vice-versa. 


It expands on the notion of the collective conscious and its interaction with the collective unconscious. The academic backbone of the book are the Daoist Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis.

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    Author: Florian Kleinau

    Publisher : Kleinau Publications

    Language:  English

    Paperback : 131

    ISBN-13 : 978-3-9822309-3-1

    Dimensions : 14.8 x 21.0 cm

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