Theories and approaches
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'The Paranormal as Text' - Simão Cortês
When discussing methodological approaches to any academic subject, I like to refer to Donna Haraway’s thought on methodologies applied to her feminist scholarship. According to her own words ‘I think you can actually do interesting work with these tools, but I want to hear them making noise, I want to feel the friction, I do not want to increase the transparency’ (2004, p. 336). What this passage means is that human knowledge, and academic knowledge in particular, does not exist in a vacuum. It is informed by all kinds of social and historical mythologies, and these mythologies are also present in our methodologies. As such, we need to remember that a methodology is, above all, a tool that allows us to analyse, think and explore data at the same time that it actively creates these data. This is something that has been relatively clear since the publication of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn (1962). We cannot separate methods from results and this is why Haraway suggests we need to make the methods as explicit as possible.
What are the implications of C.G. Jung's theories for the study of myth and the sacred? - Alice Winborn
In writing this essay I am hoping to discuss not only the considerable influence that C.G. Jung’s theories have had on the study of myth and the sacred during the second half of the twentieth century, but also the implications of these theories for my own search for knowledge and understanding. Taking into account that Jung produced a huge body of highly complex work, I wish to focus principally on his theory of individuation and the split between the sacred and the secular in our human nature. I also hope to demonstrate that, although working within the realm of science and empiricism, Jung’s theories often reflect a deeply personal psychology and as such must be considered within this context. Indeed, I would ask to what extent the study of the sacred or search for the divine must always be a personal endeavour. In view of this question I hope, too, to be able to enrich the reader’s understanding of Jung through my own connection to the material.