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XAVIER, Cesar Rey. From empiria to the metaphysics of the archetype: contributions of Analytical Psychology to the concept of Physis. Pesqui. prát. psicossociais [online]. 2019, vol.14, n.4, pp. 1-14. ISSN 1809-8908.

Under the aegis of an intellectual climate established from the 17th century, with the advent of mechanicism and empiricism, the concept of "nature" accompanied the dawn of a modern science that was guided by the principles of causality and materiality. Brief journeys through the History of Science and Philosophy, however, reveal disparate conceptions, some of which presupposed a certain harmony of physical factors with vitalist and metaphysical assertions, through ideas that were available in the form of "pairs of opposites". The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate the contribution of Jungian theory to the notion of Physis, in the sense of integrating antagonistic aspects into the set of knowledge about nature. As a result of this reflection, it is verified that the epistemology of Jungian thought, very attuned with the quantum revolution of the physics of particles, rescues the old notion of Greek Physis, insofar as its conceptualization encompasses the most complete set of diverse phenomenologies.

Keywords : Physis; Physis; Empiricism; Metaphysics; Phenomenon; Archetype; Physis.

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