chapter  7
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Individuation and the ethics of creativity

This chapter will in many respects be drawing conclusions from all that has been said so far. Both Jung’s and Berdyaev’s understanding of the person refer to a ‘larger personality’ born in the process of individuation. The way they formulate their understanding of this larger personality has been situated within the context of the breakdown of the traditional God-image and its reconstitution from within human experience. Man now becomes central, but this means different things for Jung and for Berdyaev who envision a ‘psychological’ and an ‘anthropological’ reduction respectively, based on different epistemological premises. Their respective interpretations of Christian symbols as the archetypal basis for a deeper understanding of this larger personality show marked contrasts and we will now want to explore how all of this translates into their ethical perspectives.