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Hebrew University and Coursera present the online course: Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought

Course begins Monday, January 13
12/01/2014

Was psychoanalysis a product of religious and mystical ideas? Did Kaballah influence modern psychology? The Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites you to find out in a new online course, "Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought." Taught by Prof. Jonathan Garb at the Hebrew University's Department of Jewish Thought, the course will examine the psychological thought of the modern mystical traditions in Europe, focusing on two topics with wider cultural implications: the soul and the heart.

The free online course is offered by the Hebrew University and Coursera, an education company that partners with the top universities to offer courses online for everyone, for free. The Hebrew University was the first Israeli university to partner with Coursera, whose other partners include Johns Hopkins, Princeton and Stanford universities.

The course will begin on Monday, January 13 and continue every Monday for seven weeks. Online classes will be available for viewing throughout the week. Each lecture will be followed by a homework assignment that will be peer-graded by other students in the course. Students who satisfactorily complete the course requirements will receive a certificate of completion; the course is not offered for university credit.

WATCH THE INTRODUCTORY VIDEO BY PROF. GARB.

 

Learn more and enroll at https://www.coursera.org/course/mysticthought.

About the course:

In the revival of mysticism today, mysticism has become more psychological while psychology is increasingly interested in mysticism. This course will provide an entry into the complex world of modern mysticism, through studying its psychological thought. We shall begin with exploring the interpretations of mystical experience offered by psychoanalysts in the twentieth century, starting with Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and ending with contemporary thinkers such as James Hillman. However, we will see that the European mystical traditions, including Kabbalah in the Jewish world and those of the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant worlds, developed their own elaborate systems of psychological thought. Thus, we will mostly examine mystical psychology on its own terms. We shall especially look at two terms that are very much in use also in general culture: the heart (as an emotional rather than a physical center) and the soul, looking at the unique mystical concepts of their nature and destiny and asking if there were influences and meetings between the different religions. 

Hebrew University and Coursera present the online course: Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought