Introduction: underworlds and the ancient soul
This chapter attempts to clarify the main theoretical postulates that constitute Jung's metaphysics and address to what degree they are philosophically plausible. In doing so, it shall forgo the typical academic custom of reviewing all the secondary literature on the subject matter and instead remain focused on what Jung actually said in his primary texts. In this way, and will spare the reader the redundancy of offering a banal literature review and approach Jung's texts in a fresh manner unencumbered by the imposition of previous interpretations that may colour the analysis of his thought. Jung champions metaphysics of experience that is guided by an internalized yet originally inherited collective consciousness, which has been unconsciously transmuted and memorialized within spacetime, and laid down within the structural configurations of human imagination. The collective unconscious is a term Jung uses almost interchangeably and synonymously with the archetypes and is in essence a spacing, container, or receptacle that symbolizes world human experience.