Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Religious Studies


Psychology, General.




The living symbol, as the generative order of personality, can be understood as a process of recursive imaginative reversion. This thesis is derived from a comparative study of works by Alfred North Whitehead and Carl Jung. The kind of symbolic reference that I refer to as a process of recursive imaginative reversion is, I maintain, the vital pattern of symbolization that allows for the extension of any meaningful human order, and more particularly, for the development of personality. My approach, though indirectly based upon the phenomenological observations of psychic imagery as accounted for in Carl Jung's works, is an analytical method of theoretical extrapolation. Utilizing and developing concepts from within the context of Whiteheadian philosophy, I extrapolate from Whitehead's explication of "concrescence" to explain the form of symbolic reference that Jung describes as pertaining to the nature of the living symbol in the process of "individuation". (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Religious Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .H377. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0884. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1989.