Prof. David Tacey

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David Tacey
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Research Areas:

  • I conduct research in several disciplines and fields of enquiry. These include analytical psychology, literary and cultural studies, continental philosophy, sociology of religion, theology and religious studies.

  • Broadly, I have research interests in the recovery of meaning in a postmodern context, and I explore the emergence of spiritual themes and meaning-making in philosophy, literature, youth experience, educational theory, and the experience of nature and environment.

  • Presently I am researching the experience and conceptualisation of the sacred in analytical or Jungian psychology.

  • From the beginning of my academic career, I have worked as an interdisciplinary scholar, and my first university degree was in philosophy, literary studies, and art history. In my honours degree, I specialised in modernism, existentialism, and surrealism.

  • My PhD thesis at the University of Adelaide was in literary studies and analytical psychology, under the supervision of Professor John Colmer and Professor Brian Elliott.

  • In 1982 I was awarded a Harkness Fellowship from the Commonwealth Fund of New York, and in the United States I conducted a two-year postdoctoral program in the fields of archetypal psychology and comparative mythology, under the supervision of Professor James Hillman.

  • In recent years, I have been researching and publishing in a newly emerging academic field called spirituality studies, an area which has emerged out of the interactions of religious studies and theology, depth psychology, sociology, philosophy, and education theory.

  • At La Trobe University, I teach courses on spirituality and cultural studies, analytical psychology, and literature. I teach a 4th and 5th year subject on the theme of transcendence in contemporary philosophy, depth psychology and literature, and I alternate this with a subject on ecocriticism and environmental psychology.

Editorial Boards:

I am a member of the editorial boards of these international journals:

  • Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche (San Francisco)

  • Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture (New Orleans)

  • International Journal of Psychotherapy and Politics (London and Chicago)

  • International Journal of Children’s Spirituality (Brighton, England)

  • Spirituality and Health International (London)

Currently working on:

  • Spirituality and Mental Health: Jung, Gods, Diseases. Forthcoming 2010.



  • Edge of the Sacred: Jung, Psyche, Earth, Einsiedein,Switzerland: Daimon Verlag, 2009. This book is a fully revised and updated international edition of the 1995 book. For information about this book, please consult: For a brief outline of the book, please google: Edge of the Sacred, Jung, Psyche, Earth - Google Books.

  • Edge of the Sacred: Jung, Psyche, Earth. Revised International Edition. Einsiedeln, Switzerland: Daimon Verlag, 2009. ISBN 13: 978 3 85630 729 5.

  • How to Read Jung, London: Granta 2006. ISBN 10: 1-86207-726-6. Republished in the United States: How to Read Jung. New York: W.W Norton & Company, 2007. ISBN 13: 978-0-393-32953-7

  • Translated into Korean by Woongjin books, Seoul, Korea, 2008. ISBN 13:-89-01-09015-3. Currently being translated into Chinese (Cantonese), 2009.

  • The Idea of the Numinous: Contemporary Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Edited by Ann Casement and David Tacey. London and New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN 1-58391-783-7 (hbk.) 1-58391-784-5 (pbk.)

  • The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality. Sydney: Harper Collins, 2003. ISBN 0-7322-7173-8 (pbk.) Republished in a British and North American Edition: The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality. London and New York: Brunner- Routledge, 2004. ISBN 1-58391-873-6 (hbk.) 1-58391-874-4 (pbk.)

  • Jung and the New Age. London and New York: Brunner-Routledge, 2001. ISBN 1-58391-159-6 (hbk.) 1-58391-160-X (pbk.)

  • ReEnchantment: The New Australian Spirituality. Sydney: HarperCollins, 2000. ISBN 0 7322 6524 X (pbk)

  • Remaking Men: Jung, Spirituality and Social Change. London and New York: Routledge, 1997. ISBN 0-415-174240-7 (hbk.) 0-4154-14241-5 (pbk.) Republished in an Australian and New Zealand Edition, with a different title: Remaking Men: The Revolution in Masculinity. Melbourne: Viking Penguin, 1997. ISBN 0-670-87845-6 (pbk.)

  • Edge of the Sacred: Transformation in Australia. Melbourne: HarperCollins, 1995; and Sydney: HarperCollins, 1998. ISBN 1 86371 408 1 (pbk.)

  • Patrick White: Fiction and the Unconscious. Melbourne and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. ISBN 10: 0 19554867 1 (hbk.) ISBN 13: 9780195548679

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I have published over 120 essays and articles in various national and international journals. These include journals of analytical psychology, cultural studies, and critical enquiry. These journals include the following:

Analytical Psychology:

  • Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche (San Francisco)

  • The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal (California)

  • The Journal of Analytical Psychology (London)

  • Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture (New Orleans)

  • The Round Table Press Review (Philadelphia)

  • Harvest: Journal for Contemporary Jungian Studies and Culture (London)

  • Psychological Perspectives (Los Angeles)

  • Sphinx: A Journal of Archetypal Psychology and the Arts (London)

  • Lapis: A Journal of Archetype and Culture (Chicago)

Religion and Spirituality:

  • The International Journal of Children’s Spirituality (Brighton, England)

  • Spirituality and Health International (London)

  • Studies in Spirituality (Leuven, Belgium)

  • Interface: A Forum for Theology in the World (Adelaide)

  • Zadok Perspectives (Melbourne)

  • Journal of the Tertiary Campus Ministry Association (Perth)

  • Dialogue Australasia (Sydney)

  • The Summit (Melbourne)

  • Eremos: Journal of the Eremos Institute (Sydney)

Sociology, Literature, Culture:

  • The Social Ecology Journal (Sydney)

  • Australian Humanities Review (Melbourne)

  • Psychotherapy in Australia (Melbourne)

  • Temenos: Australian Jungian and Cultural Review (Canberra)

  • Island (Hobart)

  • Quadrant (Melbourne)

  • Meridian (Melbourne)

  • Meanjin (Melbourne)

  • Southern Review (Sydney)

  • Australian Literary Studies (Brisbane)

  • Australian Book Review (Melbourne)

  • Hysteric: Body, Medicine, Text (Melbourne)

Creative Writing / Memoir:

  • 'Towards the Dreaming Place'. In Kali Wendorf (ed.) Stories of Belonging. Sydney: Finch Publishing, 2009, 116-133. ISBN: 978-1-9214-6208-5.


Chapters in books:

I have published numerous chapters in various books, and the following is a selection only:

  • Jung: Rebuilding the Temenos’. In Raya Jones and Murray Stein (eds.) Cultures and Identities in Transition. London and New York: Routledge, 2010, 126-137. ‘Extraversion, with Soul’. In Gottfried Heuer (ed.) Sacral Revolutions: Reflecting on the Work of Andrew Samuels - Cutting Edges in Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis. London and New York: Routledge, 2010.

  • Teaching Jung in the University’. In Kelly Bulkeley and Clodagh Weldon (eds) Teaching Jung on Religious Studies. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press and American Academy of Religion, 2010.

  • Spirituality and Mental Health: The Mystery of Healing’. In Marian De Souza, Leslie Francis, James O’Higgins-Norman and Daniel Scott (eds)International Handbook of Education for SpiritualityCare and Wellbeing. International Handbooks of Religion and Education Vol 3. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London and New York: Springer, 2009, 275-290. e-ISBN 978-1-4020-9018-9. ISBN 978-1-4020-9017-2.

  • Spirituality in Australia Today’. In Makarand Paranjape (ed.) Sacred Australia: Post-Secular Considerations. Melbourne: Clouds of Magellan, 2009, 44-64. ISBN: 978-0-9802983-9-0.

  • Imagining Transcendence at the End of Modernity: Jung and Derrida’. In Lucy Huskinson (ed). Dreaming the Myth Onwards: New Directions in Jungian Therapy and Thought. London and New York: Routledge, 2008, 58-68. ISBN: 978-0-415-43837-7

  • The Challenge of Teaching Jung in the University’. Chapter 4 in Ann Casement (ed). Who Owns Jung? London: Karnac, 2007, 53-71. ISBN-13: 978-1-85575-403-4 ‘The Role of the Numinous in the Reception of Jung’. Chapter 14 in Ann Casement and David Tacey (eds). The Idea of the Numinous: Contemporary Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN 1-58391-783-7

  • Spirituality as a Bridge to Religion and Faith’. In De Souza, M., Engebretson, K., Durka, G., Jackson, R., McGrady, A., (eds). International Handbook of the Religious, Moral and Spiritual Dimensions of Education. Amsterdam: Springers, 2006, 201-214. ISBN-13 978-1-4020-4803-6.

  • (2005) ‘Spiritual Perspectives on Suicidal Impulses in Young Adults’. In Richard H. Cox, Betty Ervin-Cox, and Louis Hoffman (Eds). Spirituality and Psychological Health. Colorado Springs: Colorado School of Professional Psychology Press, 107-128.

  • (2005) ‘Encountering Tradition in a Postmodern Context’. In Cathy Ota and Clive Erricker (Eds). Spiritual Education: Literary, Empirical and Pedagogical Approaches. Brighton, England: Sussex Academic Press, pp. 175-189.

  • (2001). ‘Youth Spirituality as a Response to Cultural Crisis’. In Jane Erricker, Cathy Ota, and Clive Erricker (Eds). Spiritual Education: Cultural, Religious and Social Differences. Brighton, England: Sussex Academic Press, pp. 88-104.

  • (2000). ‘Why Jung would doubt the New Age’. In Susan Greenberg (Ed). Therapy on the Couch: A Shrinking Future? Issue No.2. Mindfield: Polemic, Debate and Analysis. London: Camden Press, pp.36-42.

  • What is Religion For? Drawing out the Sacred in Secular Times’. In Ross Langmead (ed.) Re-Imagining God and Mission: Perspectives from Australia. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2007, 45-65. ISBN 978-19206-9175-2

  • (2005). ‘Educating the Heart: spirituality and interiority’. In Peta Heywood and Bernie Neville (Eds). Towards Re-Enchantment: Education, Imagination and the Getting of Wisdom. Brisbane: Post Pressed Publishers, pp. 39-49.

  • (2003). ‘Spirit Place: Aboriginal cosmology of David Mowaljarlai’. In John Cameron (Ed). Changing Places: Re-imagining Australia. Sydney: Longueville Press, pp. 243-248.

  • (2000). ‘Dimitris Tsaloumas: poet of the mythic imagination’. In Helen Nickas (Ed). Dimitris Tsaloumas: A Voluntary Exile. Melbourne: Owl Publishing, pp. 185-191.

  • (2000). ‘Aboriginal Reconciliation as a Spiritual Experience’. In Michael Griffith and James Tulip (Eds). Spirit of Place: Source of the Sacred. Sydney: Centre for Studies in Religion, Literature and the Arts, July, pp. 75-83.

  • (1998). ‘Twisting and Turning with James Hillman: from anima to world soul, from academia to pop’. In Ann Casement (Ed). The Post-Jungians Today. London and New York: Routledge, pp.215-234.