The existence of the idea of the unconscious in Jane Austen's time.
Posted by Susanna on August 11, 1998 at 20:43:03:
There were discussions on the P&P board about subconscious attraction, but some confusion on what that idea of the unconscious might have been in JA's time. This excerpt from chapter 2, "The Unconscious" from On Jung (1990) by Anthony Stevens testifies to its existence (but, for the sake of space, you'll have to read the chapter for a better understanding of the concept in 1800): "In the development of an idea like 'the unconscious' three stages are discernible: in the first place, it has to be conceivable ; then, once it has been propounded, and provided it catches on, it becomes topical ; finally, if it stands the test of time, it becomes effective. When we apply these stages to the history of the idea of the unconscious, it is apparent that it was conceivable around 1700, topical around 1800 and effective around 1900 (Whyte, 1979). During the period 1700 to 1900, therefore, the existence of the unconscious was established. However, investigation of its structure and function did not begin until the 1890s with Sigmund Freud... The first modern thinker to be credited with a clear formulation of the idea of the unconscious was Gottfried von Leibniz (1646-1716)."
- So what you are saying is..... Caroline 21:20:15 8/11/98 (4)
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