The main topic of the Later Works is religion and psychology. I have distinguished four categories:
- Psychological Symbolism of Christianity
- The Answer to Job “Trilogy” (Aion, Answer To Job, The Undiscovered Self )1
- Alchemy as a Compensation for the Christian Worldview
- Psychology of the East
Edward F. Edinger has a number of books that help to understand Jung through Jung, therefore he features a lot in this part. He is also one of my favorite writers.
Finally, I’ve made an “Others” category for the topics of Synchronicity and Flying Saucers. Some works by Marie-Louise von Franz and Robert A. Johnson feature in that category.
1 The idea of Answer to Job being a trilogy comes from Edward Edinger. Here is what he writes in Archetype of the Apocalypse:
“Actually, Answer to Job is part of a trilogy of works on the same topic: first, there is Aion; then Answer to Job which is the heart of the trilogy; and then The Undiscovered Self—which English title, incidentally, was chosen by the publishers while Jung preferred Present and Future, a title more clearly related to the apocalyptic experience. In each of these works, the essential idea is that the Self, the new God-image, is coming! It is visiting the earth, visiting humanity, visiting the individual ego: and it is coming in order to incarnate itself. “Yahweh” wants to become man again, more fully. And Answer to Job is the talisman to help us to get through the process.”