The two editors set out to investigate the working hypothesis according to which both the long talks delivered at the Eranos meetings – the rule was two-hour lectures followed by no questions-and-answers section, horribile dictu for today’s academic mores – and the resulting rich literature served as a source for «spiritual scholarship» throughout most of the twentieth century, under the influence of Carl Gustav Jung’s analytical psychology and Rudolf Otto’s comparative phenomenology. The editors advanced a preliminary definition of «spiritual scholarship» as the tendency, mostly discernible with the scholars of religion who gathered at Ascona, of attributing psychological meanings to religious phenomena and of regarding the scholarly interpretation of myths, symbols, and religious images as means of self-improvement.
Spiritual Scholarship and the Study of Religion as Self-Improvement : The Search for a Personalized History of Religion at the Eranos Meetings / Ferrara, M; Iricinschi, E. - In: ASDIWAL. - ISSN 1662-4653. - (2022), pp. 73-141.