Tag: James Hillman

Epicurean Gods

There’s an old idea that ancient Epicureans were atheists and that this, combined with their egoistic hedonism, caused them profound suffering — suffering of which they were not consciously aware. Different versions of this idea appear in Nietzsche’s The Gay Science (§45), Constant Martha’s Le Poëme de Lucrèce,…

Archetypal Psychology and Aphrodite (2)

Last time I discussed the archetypal psychologist James Hillman’s comments about ancient myths of Aphrodite and pornography today. This time I’d like to focus on modern ritual. The connection between these topics, for me as for Hillman, is that polytheistic religion provides resources for addressing…