Announcing The Critical Edition of the Works of C. G. Jung

This multi-year publishing project will make vibrant new translations of C. G. Jung’s writing available in a 26-volume critical edition, organized chronologically and with an extensive scholarly apparatus.

Carl Jung
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Princeton University Press is thrilled to share news of a major new initiative: the publication of The Critical Edition of the Works of C. G. Jung. As the longtime publisher of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung in North America, PUP is honored to be global publisher of the Critical Edition, having recently secured world language rights and the support from the Foundation of the Works of C. G. Jung in Zürich, who will be facilitating and guiding access to documents and letters and providing its expertise to this major undertaking based on family archives.

Led by general editor Sonu Shamdasani, an esteemed historian of psychiatry and psychology and a preeminent expert on Jung, this ambitious, multi-year undertaking will result in 26 volumes of material, all newly translated by Caitlin Stephens, that will bring the Swiss psychologist’s formidable work to new life for a new generation of readers. Astrid Freuler, an independent professional translator, will provide proofreading for the translations. Volumes will feature a scholarly apparatus, including historical introductions, contextual annotations that will draw heavily on Jung’s unpublished correspondences, and variorum presentations of works that went through multiple editions, noting revisions. Alongside the general editor, Jung historians Gaia Domenici, Martin Liebscher, and Christopher Wagner will serve as volume editors.

In addition to the inclusion of material available in the Collected Works of C. G. Jung—first published between 1957 and 1979 and essential in introducing Jung to English-language readers—the Critical Edition will draw on significant historical work in Jung history from recent decades and on advances in scholarship in the fields that Jung traversed. By following the recent publication of Jung’s Red Book and Black Books one can grasp the evolution of his thought and the links between his biography and works. These volumes will also incorporate extensive manuscripts and notes discovered only when Jung’s archives were first catalogued in 1993. In whole, the Critical Edition will brilliantly elucidate the development of Jung’s thinking and writing over a lifetime.

At Princeton University Press, this formidable initiative has been spearheaded by Associate Director and Director of Global Development Brigitta van Rheinberg, who notes, “I am thrilled and proud that PUP will be the global publisher of the new Critical Edition of C. G. Jung, under the expert guidance of the Press’s longtime collaborator Professor Sonu Shamdasani and his editorial team, including the exceptional Caitlin Stephens as our translator. For the first time, with this new chronological edition, it will be possible to follow the evolution of Jung’s thinking over many decades, shedding new light on Jung’s role as key architect of the psychoanalytic movement and firmly establishing him as a seminal figure in the intellectual history of the twentieth century, whose ideas continue to resonate.”

PUP is proud to be a longtime publisher of Jung’s oeuvre. In 2023, the Press released The Collected Works of C. G. Jung: Revised and Expanded Complete Digital Edition, which made the complete collected works available worldwide for the first time with cutting-edge navigation and accessibility features.

Additionally, PUP is the publisher of the Bollingen Series, into which The Collected Works of C. G. Jung was published, as well as the main publisher of the Philemon Series, which features lectures, seminars, and correspondences of Jung, overseen by Fred Appel, publisher of religion and anthropology, who will also serve as the in-house editor for the Critical Edition.

With a long history of making Jung’s body of work available in English to scholars, analysts, and lay readers alike, we look forward to beginning work on this newest endeavor, which promises to change and deepen our understanding of Jung as one of the most influential thinkers of the modern era, one whose contributions continue to reverberate into the twenty-first century.

C. G. Jung’s oeuvre forms one of the basic texts of contemporary thought: at once foundational for depth psychology and pivotal for intellectual, cultural, and religious history. Over five decades, Jung attempted to establish an interdisciplinary science of analytical psychology and apply its insights to the fields of psychiatry, criminology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, personality psychology, anthropology, physics, biology, education, the arts and literature, the history of the mind and its symbols, comparative religion, alchemy, and contemporary culture and politics, among others—each in turn has been decisively marked by his thought.

In psychiatry, Jung helped inaugurate a new epoch by contributing to formulation of the schizophrenia concept and the psychological understanding of psychoses. As first president of the International Psychoanalytic Association, he was a prime mover in the psychoanalytic movement. Through his self-experimentation that gave rise to The Red Book, he transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned mainly with the treatment of the sick to a means for the higher development of the personality and played a critical role in the development of art therapy. His work on psychological types and formulation of the “introvert” and “extravert,” became part of general culture with massive impact in psychotherapy, clinical psychology, and the wide fields of psychological testing in industry, business, and life coaching. His interest in Eastern thought, ranging from the I Ching to The Tibetan Book of the Dead, did much to disseminate it in the West, and his psychological affirmation of religious experience has played a major role in contemporary spiritualities. The Critical Edition will establish Jung’s stature as one of the makers of the modern mind in his own right, freed from the shadow of Freud.

Work on the project will begin on April 1st, with ensuing volumes published in chronological order and in cloth and ebook formats. The first volume, Jung in Basel: Philosophy, Science, and Spiritualism, 18961901, will reveal Jung attempting to reconcile his studies in medicine and the science with his religious and metaphysical interests and will include lectures, unpublished séance transcripts, and unpublished diary entries reflecting on philosophical, literary, and religious topics. Its publication is anticipated in 2026, with subsequent volumes appearing once or twice a year.

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About the Critical Edition Project Team

Sonu Shamdasani is Professor in Jung History in the School for European Languages, Culture and Society at University College London (UCL), and Vice-Dean (Health) of the Arts and Humanities Faculty, as well as co-director of the UCL Health Humanities Centre. His works include Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology: The Dream of a Science; C. G. Jung: A Biography in Books;and with Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, The Freud Files: An Inquiry into the History of Psychoanalysis. He is the editor and co-translator of Jung’s The Red Book: Liber Novus and Jung’s The Black Books 1913-1932: Notebooks of Transformation and the editor of Jung’s, The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1932, and The Protocols for Memories, Dreams, Reflections (in press).

Caitlin Stephens is a professional translator well versed in Jung’s work, who is a Jungian analyst-in-training, studying at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She is the translator of volume 7 of Jung’s ETH lectures on the Exercitia Spiritualia of Ignatius of Loyola. She previously worked as a translation manager at the University of Zurich Communications Office before assuming the role of full-time translator for the Critical Edition.

Astrid Freuler is an independent professional translator who has worked for the University of Zurich, among many clients, and will proof the translations.

Gaia Domenici earned her PhD at the University of Pisa with a study on Jung and Nietzsche. She is the author of Jung’s Nietzsche: Zarathustra, The Red Book, and “Visionary” Works and the editor of Phânes: Journal for Jung History.

Martin Liebscher is an associate professor in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society at University College London. His works include Libido und Wille zur Macht: C. G. Jungs Auseinandersetzung mit NietzscheHe is the editor of Jung’s Psychology of Yoga and Meditation: Lectures Delivered at ETH Zurich, Volume 6: 1938–1940; Jung on Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises: Lectures Delivered at ETH Zurich, Volume 7: 1939–1940; and Analytical Psychology in Exile: The Correspondence of C. G. Jung and Erich Neumann. He is the co-editor and co-translator of Jung’s The Psychology of Alchemy: Lectures Delivered at ETH Zurich, Volume 8: 19401941 (in press).

Christopher Wagner holds degrees in history from Northwestern University and the University of Cambridge. His doctoral dissertation focused on the foundations and first articulations of Jung’s alchemical thought. He is the editor of Jung’s Lectures at Polzeath on the Technique of Analysis and the Historical and Psychological Effects of Christianity (1923) (in preparation) and the co-editor and co-translator of Jung’s The Psychology of Alchemy: Lectures Delivered at ETH Zurich, Volume 8: 19401941 (in press).