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Futures Past: C.G. Jung's Psychoutopia And The 'German Revolution' Of 1933

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In this chapter, the author tries to practice what he preaches and uncovers some of Carl Gustav Jung's beliefs and intentions concerning Nazi Germany. Following Skinner and Wittgenstein, the author endorses the statement that "words are also deeds" - we are always doing something as well as saying something. With regard to thinkers like Jung, who made sweeping statements about Hitler's Germany and the Jews, this argument about the performativity of texts is incontestable. The chapter briefly discusses a mentality and a worldview which clarifies the connection between Jung's beliefs (concerning the psychic functioning of people) and intentions (with regard to politics and culture). If antitemporalism was a 'mentality' that governed the way Jung approached issues he was interested in, German anti-positivist holism was a worldview that shaped the way in which many scientists, physicians and scholars, Jung among them, looked at reality.

Keywords: antitemporalism; Carl Gustav Jung; German anti-positivist holism; Hitler; Jews; Nazi Germany

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