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Deidre Bair’s Open Letter to Sonu Shamdasani

ABSTRACT: In 2003, Bair published the monumental ‘Jung: A Biography,’ which broke new ground by relying on first-hand research in Jung’s home city of Zurich. However, all was not smiles as Bair was criticized by the Jung scholar Sonu Shamdasani for, among other things, relying on anonymous testimonies in her research. According to Bair and others, Shamdasani allegedly acted abrasively towards her at a scholarly conference and refused to confront her with his criticisms in a scholarly manner. This led Bair to release the following ‘open letter’ to Sonu Shamdasani, to be disseminated in Jungian circles. The letter was originally…

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