Joseph Campbell Foundation - The Collected Lectures

From the Star Wars trilogy to the Grateful Dead, Joseph Campbell has had a profound impact on our culture, our beliefs, and the way we view ourselves and the world.

Provocative and exhilarating, the approx. 90 titles that will ultimately comprise The Collected Lectures of Joseph Campbell offer a glimpse into one of the great minds of our time, drawing together his most wide-ranging and insightful talks.

Always at his best as an impromptu speaker, Campbell shines in these recordings, both as a scholar and as a master storyteller.  

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Though the thirty lectures that comprise the bulk of Series I were previously released on cassette and CD, we are working with Roomful of Sky Records to digitize and remaster these classic recordings, optimizing them for today's higher quality consumer audio equipment.

At the same time we are preparing for the staggered release of Series II & Series III, featuring previously unavailable recordings of sixty additional lectures! Though the Collected Lectures are designed so that offerings fit within the context of a themed volume, each selection is able to stand alone.

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Lecture I.1.3 -
Symbolism and the Individual
by Joseph Campbell
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Lecture Description

"The wonderful discovery of our wonderful European Western world, of the charm and the power in charm of the individual's fault, is the great, great gift that we have to give to the world." -- Joseph Campbell

In this recording, Joseph Campbell explores the concepts of Christ as both a Promethean figure and a Job figure -- bringing the fire of redemption, suffering for our sins -- and describes the crucifix as a synthesizing symbol, a sign of divinity and humanity alike.

Track Listing
1. Oriental and Occidental Domains
2. Social Organization in Agricultural Communities
3. Royal Burials
4. The Great Cosmic Law
5. The Split Being: Two Contrasting Myths
6. The Story of the Buddha's Realization
7. The Freudian Ego: a Negative Power in the Orient
8. Job's Submission and Prometheus' Humanism
9. Christ Crucified: a Synthesis of Job and Prometheus
10. Nietzsche's Superman
11. Thomas Mann's Tonio Kroeger
12. Individual Uniqueness: the Gift of the West
Lecture Details
  • Date: November 16, 1961
  • Venue: The Cooper Union
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Archive Number: L44
Previous Release History
  • Previously Issued as part of: The Joseph Campbell Audio Collection, Vol. 1
  • Publisher: HighBridge Audio
  • Editor: Mark Watts
  • Release Date: 1996 (cassette); 2002 (CD)

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