Interview with David Tacey on Carl Jung, Mysticism, and the Politics of Religion

by | Nov 20, 2022 | 2 comments

Dr. David Tacey is a professor in literature and depth psychology at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He is the author of eight books, including Jung and the New Age (2001), The Spirituality Revolution (2003) and How to Read Jung (2006).He was born in Melbourne and raised in Alice Springs, central Australia. It was here that he was influenced by Aboriginal cultures and their religion and cosmology. After completing a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide, David Tacey was a Harkness Fellow in the United States, where his studies were supervised by James Hillman. He regularly gives lecture courses at the summer school of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich.

I grew up reading David Tacey so it’s extremely exciting to get to sit down and talk to him. He was very generous with his time. Many of his books and articles are no longer in print or are behind hefty paywalls. One of the things that he offers in this interview is that any listener can send him an e-mail to request essays that were in academic journals no longer in print and he will send you the PDF. Please take him up on that as he is a fascinating writer.


Tacey, D. J. (2001). Jung and the New Age. Brunner-Routledge.

Tacey, D. J. (2003). The Spirituality Revolution. HarperCollins.

Tacey, D. J. (2006). How to Read Jung. Granta Books.

Tacey, D. J. (2013). Edge of the Sacred: Jung, Psyche, Earth. Springer.

Hillman, J. (1989). A Blue Fire. Harper Perennial.

Hillman, J. (1975). Re-Visioning Psychology. Harper & Row.

Further Reading:

Samuels, A. (1985). Jung and the Post-Jungians. Routledge.

Stevens, A. (1994). Jung: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.

Moore, T. (1992). Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life. HarperCollins.

Corbett, L. (2011). The Religious Function of the Psyche. Routledge.

Chodorow, J. (1997). Jung on Active Imagination. Princeton University Press.

Bair, D. (2003). Jung: A Biography. Little, Brown and Company.

Haule, J. R. (2011). Jung in the 21st Century: Volume One – Evolution and Archetype. Routledge.

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  1. zoritoler imol

    I really like your writing style, fantastic info, thank you for putting up :D. “Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less.” by Norman Mailer.

    • Joel Blackstock

      thannk you

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