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Spring 2012


Lonergan Institute at Boston College

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Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies

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DOI: 10.5840/method2012312


In this essay I will present an overview of what I have called psychic conversion. I will begin by narrating the birth of the idea, then will present a brief schematic history of its development and principal applications to date, and will conclude by presenting my current thinking, which involves connections with the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, the depth psychology of C. G. Jung, and the mimetic theory of Rene Girard. It will be clear from the first section that Heidegger and Jung were influential in the very emergence of the idea, but in my current work I have developed some new perspectives in their regard, and I will mention these at the end.


Published version. Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies, n.s., Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 2012): 1-17. DOI. © 2013 Lonergan Institute of Boston College. Used with permission.