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Book: Red Book, Middle Way

Chapter: The Wise: Elijah and Philemon

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40403


The Wise Old Man is introduced as an aspect of the God archetype, dramatized in Jung’s Red Book encounters with Elijah and Philemon. But Philemon becomes less wise and more dogmatic later in the Red Book, as Jung struggles to maintain a balanced view where inner guru figures are neither idealised nor dismissed.

Chapter Contributors

  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'