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Book: Red Book, Middle Way

Chapter: Towards a Jungian Integrative Ethic

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40412


Jung is an overwhelmingly moral thinker, and the Red Book demonstrates how much his outlook was ethical even more than his other work. The Red Book also shows how much the development of moral responsibility can be understood as dependent on the integration process. It also shows that whilst Jung recognised the moral value of moral principles, goals and virtues (the basis of the three types of normative moral theory) he rejects the absolutising of these approaches – making his approach to ethics comprehensible in terms of a Middle Way approach. This interdependence of moral principles with the rest of the path is also implicit in the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.

Chapter Contributors

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