Towards a Jungian Integrative Ethic

Red Book, Middle Way - How Jung Parallels the Buddha’s Method for Human Integration - Robert M. Ellis

Robert M. Ellis [+-]
Middle Way Society
Robert M Ellis has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a Cambridge BA in Oriental Studies and Theology. Originally from a Christian background, he spent about 20 years practising Buddhism, including as a member of the Triratna Order. However, he now describes himself as a Middle Way practitioner without exclusive loyalty to any one religious tradition. Over the last 20 years he has developed Middle Way Philosophy, initially in his Ph.D. thesis. This is best described as a practical and integrative philosophical approach, incorporating many elements not only from Buddhism but also from psychology, neuroscience, and other aspects of Western thought. In 2013 he founded the Middle Way Society ( to develop and apply Middle Way Philosophy beyond the limitations of the Buddhist tradition, both in theory and practice. Robert has earned a living for more than 20 years as a teacher and tutor of philosophy and related subjects. He has previously published both academic and introductory books about Middle Way Philosophy, and recently a parallel book on Christianity, ‘The Christian Middle Way’.


Jung is an overwhelmingly moral thinker, and the Red Book demonstrates how much his outlook was ethical even more than his other work. The Red Book also shows how much the development of moral responsibility can be understood as dependent on the integration process. It also shows that whilst Jung recognised the moral value of moral principles, goals and virtues (the basis of the three types of normative moral theory) he rejects the absolutising of these approaches – making his approach to ethics comprehensible in terms of a Middle Way approach. This interdependence of moral principles with the rest of the path is also implicit in the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.

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Ellis, Robert. Towards a Jungian Integrative Ethic. Red Book, Middle Way - How Jung Parallels the Buddha’s Method for Human Integration. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. May 2021. ISBN 9780000000000. Date accessed: 20 Feb 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40412. May 2021

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