Sunday, April 15, 2012

Philosopher's Zone - A Dangerous Method

This week's episode of the Philosopher's Zone looks at the relationship of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, two men not generally thought of as philosophers who nonetheless shaped a great deal of philosophical thinking in the 20th century.

Host Alan Saunders speaks with Michael Robertson about the film. I wish they had talked more about the reality of the Freud / Jung relationship and not just how the film depicted it.

A Dangerous Method

Broadcast: Sunday 15 April 2012

This week on the Philosopher’s Zone, we’re looking at a couple of people you might not think of as philosophers at all. One of them aspired to be a scientist of the mind.  The other, though, was something of a philosopher, something of a mystic and something of a shaman.  His name was Carl Gustav Jung and his relationship with an older man, Sigmund Freud, is the subject of A Dangerous Method, a new film directed by David Cronenberg, written by Christopher Hampton  and starring Michael Fassbender as Freud, Viggo Mortensen as Jung and Keira Knightley as the woman who presence proves to be something of a catalyst in their relationship.

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