Audio Series II Lectures

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Lectures from the middle of Campbell's career, starting just after the moon landing in 1969 and counting to the late 1970s


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Lecture II.5.3 - Androgyne as Mystical Symbol

Lecture II.5.3 - Androgyne as Mystical Symbol

My subject tonight is the androgyne as mystical symbol. And the first point I want to make before engaging in the argument is that a symbol derives from the psyche, speaks to the psyche by way of reflection from apparently outside forms. And one of...
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Lecture II.5.2 - Myth & Violence in America

Lecture II.5.2 - Myth & Violence in America

A movement from what Spengler called culture to civilization ... is marked by revolutions and radical transformations of culture, where everything that had been natural became a problem, intellectually considered, criticized, and taken apart. And he...
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Lecture II.5.1 - Mythologies New, Old & Today

Lecture II.5.1 - Mythologies New, Old & Today

When people ask me what is the myth today, I always have the feeling there is no myth, there can be no myth anymore. A mythology requires a homogeneous population, a group of people within a horizon who will have had equivalent experiences for whom...
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Lecture II.4.5 - Four Aims of Indian Life

Lecture II.4.5 - Four Aims of Indian Life

The first encounter of the West with this type of yoga was that of Alexander the Great. When he arrived in Taxila, in 327 B.C., he and his young officers heard that there was a school of philosophers just outside the town. And they determined to go...
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Lecture II.4.4 - Archetypes & Mythology

Lecture II.4.4 - Archetypes & Mythology

You ask about eternal life. Shall I be alive after death? This is lunar eternity. This is a long time. The eternity is that dimension which the screen of time shuts out. The obscuring power of maya shuts out the dimension and knowledge and...
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Lecture II.4.3 - Freud Jung & Kundalini Yoga Part 3

Lecture II.4.3 - Freud Jung & Kundalini Yoga Part 3

As I said to begin: life, the universe and all things are first and last absolutely without meaning. And this term of the Buddha, the tathagata, the one 'thus come,' points to that. As soon as the symbols have to be explained they have lost fire. --...
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Lecture II.4.2 - Freud Jung & Kundalini Yoga Part 2

Lecture II.4.2 - Freud Jung & Kundalini Yoga Part 2

Everywhere you turn you find the same myths . . . not always with the same emphases . . . but the same symbols. How is it that these symbols keep returning? There are two basically contradictory answer. One is psychologically based and the other is...
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Lecture II.4.1 - Freud Jung & Kundalini Yoga Part 1

Lecture II.4.1 - Freud Jung & Kundalini Yoga Part 1

One can take anything - this watch - draw a ring around it. Forget that you know hot to use it. What is it? The mystery of the being of this object is exactly the same as the mystery of the being of the universe. -- Joseph Campbell In part 1 of this...
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Lecture II.3.5 - Mythologies of Alienation and Rapture

Lecture II.3.5 - Mythologies of Alienation and Rapture

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Lecture II.3.4 - The Mythic Goddess

Lecture II.3.4 - The Mythic Goddess

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Lecture II.3.3 - The Mythic Image

Lecture II.3.3 - The Mythic Image

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Lecture II.3.2 - Tarot & the Christian Myth

Lecture II.3.2 - Tarot & the Christian Myth

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Lecture II.3.1 - Symbols of the Christian Faith

Lecture II.3.1 - Symbols of the Christian Faith

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Lecture II.2.5 - Creative Mythology

Lecture II.2.5 - Creative Mythology

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Lecture II.2.4 - Mythology in the Modern Age

Lecture II.2.4 - Mythology in the Modern Age

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Lecture II.2.3 - Psychosis and the Hero's Journey

Lecture II.2.3 - Psychosis and the Hero's Journey

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Lecture II.2.2 - Hermes, Alchemy, & the Voyage of Ulysses

Lecture II.2.2 - Hermes, Alchemy, & the Voyage of Ulysses

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Lecture II.2.1 - Mythic Themes in Literature and Art

Lecture II.2.1 - Mythic Themes in Literature and Art

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Lecture II.1.11 - Mythological Conclusions

Lecture II.1.11 - Mythological Conclusions

In this talk, never before commercially released, Joseph Campbell sums up the subject that he has been exploring: a brief history of world mythology. He then moves on to discussing with his audience the ways in which myth and modern culture will...
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Lecture II.1.10 - Birth of the Modern

Lecture II.1.10 - Birth of the Modern

In this talk, Joseph Campbell explores way in which myth expressed itself in the first cities, in classical India and East Asia, and in the birth of our modern world. This series was recorded at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California during the...
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Lecture II.1.9 - Birth of the Perennial Mythology

Lecture II.1.9 - Birth of the Perennial Mythology

In this talk, Joseph Campbell explores way in which myth expressed itself in the earliest human cultures. This series was recorded at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California during the summer of 1969, immediately following the Apollo 11 landing...
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Lecture II.1.8 - Grail Mythology [New!]

Lecture II.1.8 - Grail Mythology [New!]

In this talk, Joseph Campbell explores the Arthurian tales of the Grail--both in their humanist form, featuring the quest of the unsophisticated Sir Parzival, and in their spiritual form, featuring the quest of the unearthly Sir Galahad. This series...
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Lecture II.1.7 - Thomas Mann and James Joyce [New!]

Lecture II.1.7 - Thomas Mann and James Joyce [New!]

In this talk, Joseph Campbell explores the mythologically inflected novels of Thomas Mann and James Joyce. This series was recorded at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California during the summer of 1969, immediately following the Apollo 11 landing...
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Lecture II.1.6 - Jung: Myth and Shadow [New!]

Lecture II.1.6 - Jung: Myth and Shadow [New!]

In this talk, Joseph Campbell explores the connection between mythology and the depth psychology of Carl Jung. PREVIEW:
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Lecture II.1.5 - Shift to Western Psychology [New!]

Lecture II.1.5 - Shift to Western Psychology [New!]

In this talk, Joseph Campbell begins looking at the psychological underpinnings of myth, and the way in which the modern revolution in psychiatric knowledge led by Freud and Jung has altered our view of the world, and of ourselves. PREVIEW: >
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