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Philosophy of Dreams

Christoph Turcke and Susan Gillespie


Why has humankind developed so differently from other animals? How and why did language, culture, religion, and the arts come into being? This book offers a new answer to these time-worn questions by scrutinizing the phenomenon of the dream, using it as a psychic fossil connecting us with our Stone Age ancestors. It argues that both civilization and mental processes are the results of a compulsion to repeat early traumas, one to which hallucination, imagination, mind, spirit, and God all developed in response. Until the beginning of the modern era, repetition was synonymous with de-escalation ... More

Keywords: civilization, dream, mental processes, modern era, hallucination, imagination, mind, spirit, waking consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300188400
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300188400.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christoph Turcke, author

Susan Gillespie, author

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