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Maimonides' Cure of Souls
Maimonides' Cure of Souls (October 2009)
Medieval Precursor of Psychoanalysis
David Bakan - Author
Dan Merkur - Author
David S. Weiss - Author

Explores the unacknowledged psychological element in Maimonides’ work, one which prefigures the latter insights of Freud.

Is Moses Maimonides an unacknowledged ancestor of the psychoanalytic movement? In this book, David Bakan, Dan Merkur, and David S. Weiss look at the great medieval Jewish philosopher’s prescription for the cure of souls and its psychological significance. In the Guide of the Per...(Read More)

Crucified with Christ
Crucified with Christ (July 2007)
Meditations on the Passion, Mystical Death, and the Medieval Invention of Psychotherapy
Dan Merkur - Author

Delineates how medieval meditation on the passion of Christ was intended to transform personality—a practice with affinity for the goals of modern psychotherapy.

Crucified with Christ offers a fascinating study of the psychoanalytic character of medieval meditation. Most meditation practitioners imagined themselves in the place of an eyewitness to the passion; however, some, including Bernard of ...(Read More)

Unconscious Wisdom
Unconscious Wisdom (April 2001)
A Superego Function in Dreams, Conscience, and Inspiration
Dan Merkur - Author

Contra both Freud and Jung, argues that the unconscious is not exclusively irrational.

In a detailed engagement with the psychoanalytic theories of dreams, conscience, empathy, and creativity, Dan Merkur argues that the superego is an unconscious reasoning process, dedicated to the representation of the loved object. The superego's access to the repressed and devotion of time to single topics make it both more knowledgea...(Read More)
Mystical Moments and Unitive Thinking
Mystical Moments and Unitive Thinking (February 1999)
Dan Merkur - Author

Provides an alternative to the traditional psychoanalytic explanation of mystical experience by viewing unitive thinking as a line of cognitive development and mystical moments as creative inspirations on unitive ideas.

"This is the mature work of an anthropologist of mysticism who knows mysticism from the inside as well. He courageously carves out of reductionist Freudianism a non-reductionistic understanding of mystic...(Read More)
The Ecstatic Imagination
The Ecstatic Imagination (January 1998)
Psychedelic Experiences and the Psychoanalysis of Self-Actualization
Dan Merkur - Author

Presents the first comprehensive survey of the varieties of psychedelic experience since 1975.

"The study of mysticism in the twentieth century has moved back and forth from those who posit a basic unity to the mystical experience to those who emphasize diversity. Those who favor the latter position have been somewhat in ascendance since the work of Steven Katz. But valuable as it is as a critique, Katz's position of see...(Read More)
Gnosis (November 1993)
An Esoteric Tradition of Mystical Visions and Unions
Dan Merkur - Author

"I like the passion and enthusiasm of an author in touch with something real who pursues it with an open mind. Implicit here is the author's seriousness and commitment. He believes his subject makes a difference and he communicates this to the reader. The author's perspective gives some startling and important insights into a tradition that is for the most part unknown and ignored." -- Christopher Bamford, Lindisfarne Press

Gnosis t...(Read More)
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