The aim of this research is to analyze the anonymous 14th century mystical text of the Cloud of Unknowing, in light of latest studies on psychoanalytic mystic. Starting from the idea that mysticism has always existed beyond established religion and that it consists of a natural inclination of man to become receptive to an absolute truth, this work will expose how some statements by the author of the Cloud are similar to some fundamentals of modern psychoanalytic investigations. The path of the mystic, which starts with the necessity to fill an emptiness and to satisfy the aspiration to join God, constitutes a vital push, which remains unconscious, and which is always productive in the life of human beings. Through several references the author emphasizes the necessity for the soul to place itself in a cloud of un-knowing in approaching God, demonstrating a mystical vision based on an apophatic theology which anticipates the modern studies of psychoanalysis.

La teologia mistica de The Cloud of Unknowing e la moderna psicoanalisi

Donata Bulotta
2019

Abstract

The aim of this research is to analyze the anonymous 14th century mystical text of the Cloud of Unknowing, in light of latest studies on psychoanalytic mystic. Starting from the idea that mysticism has always existed beyond established religion and that it consists of a natural inclination of man to become receptive to an absolute truth, this work will expose how some statements by the author of the Cloud are similar to some fundamentals of modern psychoanalytic investigations. The path of the mystic, which starts with the necessity to fill an emptiness and to satisfy the aspiration to join God, constitutes a vital push, which remains unconscious, and which is always productive in the life of human beings. Through several references the author emphasizes the necessity for the soul to place itself in a cloud of un-knowing in approaching God, demonstrating a mystical vision based on an apophatic theology which anticipates the modern studies of psychoanalysis.
Mystic; Middle-English; Psychoanalysis; Contemplation; Unconscious
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