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.3.5 - Mythologies of Alienation and Rapture

Lecture II.3.5 - Mythologies of Alienation and Rapture

Whether there is a God, whether one can be united with God, whether one can transcend God, and all that, it's a perfect matter simply of vocabulary. And since the ultimate mystery of being transcends all oppositions, it also transcends the...
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Lecture II.3.4 - The Mythic Goddess

Lecture II.3.4 - The Mythic Goddess

All I can tell you about mythology is what men have said and men experience. And now women have to tell us from their point of view what the possibilities of the feminine future are. And it is a future. It's as though the lift-off had taken place....
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Lecture II.3.3 - The Mythic Image

Lecture II.3.3 - The Mythic Image

These are the principal archetypes, I would say, in the Jungian psychological opus: the center; the figures representing the functions -- sensation, thinking, and so forth; the personae, these are culturally conditioned; the anima/animus, also very...
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Lecture II.3.2 - Tarot & the Christian Myth

Lecture II.3.2 - Tarot & the Christian Myth

The wheel of fortune is usually represented as a revolving wheel with a person up here in victory, in triumph. A person here on the way down, the depression, the crackup, the falling stock market. The person down here in the abyss. The person here...
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Lecture II.3.1 - Symbols of the Christian Faith

Lecture II.3.1 - Symbols of the Christian Faith

Why do we yearn? What is it we yearn for? It's for something that was never on land or sea. And this is a peculiar European romantic thing. And that is the fulfillment of this special intelligible potentiality which is our own being and character. —...
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Lecture II.2.5 - Creative Mythology

Lecture II.2.5 - Creative Mythology

It is impossible to communicate an experience to someone who has not had the experience. Try to communicate the experience of skiing down a wonderful mountain slope to someone who has never been on skis. Try to communicate the experience of being in...
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Lecture II.2.4 - Mythology in the Modern Age

Lecture II.2.4 - Mythology in the Modern Age

Whereas in the ancient world one could speak of two mythologies -- the mythology of the people staying in the village, doing as they were told, guarded by the village compound and the village gods, and the mythology of those who ventured into the...
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Lecture II.2.3 - Psychosis and the Hero's Journey

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

Each one brings the myth right out of himself. And what the analyst does is help you recognize it as the image carrier of your own affects, your own energies. The value of the psychiatrist is that he helps you to relate your own images to your own...
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Lecture II.2.2 - Hermes, Alchemy, & the Voyage of Ulysses

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

Hermes is the lord of the road to rebirth. He is the one who meets the soul at death and guides the path to eternal life of one kind or another. In that way, he is the lord also of roads, the protector of travelers. These are his hitherworld...
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Lecture II.2.1 - Mythic Themes in Literature and Art

Lecture II.2.1 - Mythic Themes in Literature and Art

Creative mythology, then, is the rendition of images, of life, of poetic statements, of the orders that you perceive underlying the purposes of the world in terms of your experience. — Joseph Campbell In this talk, never before commercially...
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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: var sc_project=6904315; var sc_invisible=1; var sc_security="5c2db952";
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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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Lecture II.1.4 - Buddhism in China [New!]

Lecture II.1.4 - Buddhism in China [New!]

I suppose if you were to try to invent two peoples at opposite poles of any spectrum you chose, Chinese and Hindus would be perfectly good candidates for the opposition. [...] Think of the Indian world, the jungle and the heat, and the vegetal...
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Lecture II.1.3 - The Sound AUM and Kundalini Yoga [New!]

Lecture II.1.3 - The Sound AUM and Kundalini Yoga [New!]

All of these possibilities are before you. And then... when you come down finally to the last, you are born. And this little thing comes into the world, ignorant of all that it has experienced. It has been through the spheres of the gods and the...
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Lecture II.1.2 - Mythology East and West [New!]

Lecture II.1.2 - Mythology East and West [New!]

"“Tat Tvam Asi”. You are it. That mystery which you seek to know, which you look for outside, which you project into personifications such as Yahweh, is your own very being, and looking for it out there you are losing it because you are committing...
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Lecture II.1.1 - The Function of Mythology

Lecture II.1.1 - The Function of Mythology

...the origin of the mythological symbols is not pseudo-scientific, pseudo-historical. They spring from the psyche. They are not the consequence of observations, they are the consequence of observations misinterpreted through projections from the...
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