The Jung-White Letters

Kirsten Frank & Sine Birkedal Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This report is based on the correspondence The Jung-White Letters, between psychotherapist C. G. Jung and theologian Victor White. Their correspondence deals mainly with the relationship between religion and science. The report analyses Jung and White's conflict on the subject of evil as understood in the Christian doctrine privatio boni, investigating the underlying epistemological reasoning behind their disagreement. Theologian White is influenced by the Catholic Dominican order, whose philosophical guidance is Thomism, based on the thinking of medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas. White's epistemology is bilateral, considering both the Christian revelation and human experience as sources of knowledge about the world and God. Jung, however, has a more phenomenological and empirical approach to truth. This means Jung considers only empirical experience as a valid source of knowledge and authority. Furthermore the report highlights how the correspondence, in spite of the conflict, can be considered a success both personally and academically. The collaboration between Jung and White offers interesting perspectives about the possible union of science and religion, which are explored by looking into disciplines that bridge the differences.

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato5 jan. 2012
VejledereAksel Haaning


  • Victor White
  • C.G Jung
  • Privatio Boni
  • Psykologi
  • religion