Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also

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Even when I deal with empirical data, I am only necessarily speaking about myself

All too easily does self-criticism poison one’s naivete, that priceless possession, or rather gift which no creative man can be without. At any rate, philosophical criticism has helped me to see that every psychology – my own included – has the character of a subjective confession. And yet I must prevent my critical powers from destroying my creativeness. I know well enough that every word I utter carries with it something of myself – of my special and unique self with its particular history and its own particular world. Even when I deal with empirical data, I am only necessarily speaking about myself. But it is only by accepting this as inevitable that I can serve the cause of man’s knowledge of man – the cause which Freud also wished to serve, and which, in spite of everything, he has served. Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.

from Modern Man in Search of a Soul, 1933, Freud and Jung
by Carl Jung (1875 -1961)

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One Response to “Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also”

  1. isabella mori Says:

    good old freud. yes, in a way EVERYTHING is autobiographical.

    too bad freud has such a bad rep right now. i hope the trend will soon reverse.

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