Saturday, January 28, 2006

Whitehead & Freud : Analytic Theology and Process Psychology

I haven't found Whitehead citing Freud anywhere, though it's hard to imagine that Whitehead was unaware of Freud's tripartite model of the psyche: Id, Ego, and Superego. Consciously or unconsciously, Whitehead borrowed the same three "Natures" for his theology. This coincidence suggests three things:
  • We are made in God's image.
  • God is a projection of the psyche.
  • A tripartite model is archetypal -- universally applicable.
These alternatives are not mutually exclusive:
Whitehead's Process Theology
Essence
Freud's Analytic Psychology
Primordial Nature of God
Unconscious will. Pathos.
Id
Consequent Nature of God
Preserves events as constituents of self. Continuity of self through memory. Logos.
Ego
Superjective Nature of God
Promotes the good. Ethos.
Superego

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