DOI: 10.18536/jge.2017., Sonnenburg & Runco

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Pathways to the Hero’s Journey: A Tribute to Joseph Campbell and the 30th Anniversary of His Death

Stephan Sonnenburg
Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe, Germany

Mark Runco
American Institute for Behavioral Research & Technology, Leucadia, California

Sonnenburg, S. & Runco, M. (2017). Pathways to the Hero’s Journey: A Tribute to Joseph Campbell and the 30th Anniversary of His Death. Journal of Genius and Eminence, 2(2), 1-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.18536/jge.2017.

Joseph Campbell is the mythographer of the last century who has congenially opened the mythological universe to both scholars and to a wide range of people searching for pathways to enlighten their lives. His elixir of life was to help people “see myth as a reflection of the one sublime adventure of life, and then to breathe new life into it” (Campbell, 2003, p. xiv). The hero’s journey is his gift, his “ultimate boon” (Campbell, 2008, p. 29) for the human condition and social world. It represents a universal motif which runs through virtually all kinds of change, transformation, and growth. The main objective of this special issue of the Journal of Genius and Eminence is to explore the multi-faceted potential of the hero’s journey and perhaps shed new light on it. The introduction gives an overview of Campbell’s ultimate boon and a summary of each of the 12 articles that follow. Distinguished scientists and outstanding practitioners have joined this journey in tribute to Campbell and the 30th anniversary of his death. The contributors take us far and wide, exploring different ways to explore Campbell’s thoughts, allowing insights into the nuances and subtleties of his mythological world, and striking new ways to illuminate the Campbellian universe.