Our greatest certainty and greatest mystery is our mortality. In this book, Steven M. Rosen explores the profound mystery of alchemical death and rebirth from psychological, philosophical, and alchemical perspectives. To model, embody, and contain the paradoxical transformations involved in the death-rebirth enigma, Rosen employs a paradoxical form of mathematics: the topology of the Moebius strip and Klein bottle. As we follow this alchemical odyssey of death and rebirth, the author makes himself transparent through his dreams and brings himself tangibly into his text so as to enact a dialectic of ego and Self.
“In tackling the subject of death and rebirth, Steven Rosen writes about our modern state of mind, how we got like this, and where we need to go from here. He does all this with a psychotherapeutic insight that begins with his own subjectivity–and his own dreams–and ends with the subjectivity of the modern world. Using myths, dreams, and alchemical symbolism, as well as psychological research and Jungian insights, Rosen speaks to us all from the self and the Self. A book to be read immediately, and then read again.”
-Christopher Hauke, Jungian analyst and author of Jung and the Postmodern: The Interpretation of Realities
“How does a mental-spiritual ego, the creation of our post-Renaissance world, embrace the body as a living partner? In Dreams, Death, Rebirth, Steven M. Rosen offers a topological analysis that meets the challenge of this daunting endeavor. It is a remarkable accomplishment, and vital for the advancement of psychotherapy.”
-Nathan Schwartz-Salant, Jungian analyst and author of The Black Nightgown: The Fusional Complex and the Unlived Life
Steven M. Rosen is professor emeritus of psychology at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. After receiving his PhD in psychology in 1971, he began exploring the foundations, frontiers, and poetics of science, and his work became transdisciplinary and philosophical in nature. His essays have appeared in journals and collections spanning the fields of psychology, philosophy, theoretical physics, education, semiotics, and ecology. He is the author of Science, Paradox, and the Moebius Principle (1994), Dimensions of Apeiron (2004), Topologies of the Flesh (2006), and The Self-Evolving Cosmos (2008).
Visit the author’s website at embodyingcyberspace.com