"All steps forward in the improvement of the human psyche have been paid for by blood." Further to this statement from C.
G. Jung, Wolfgang Giegerich's third volume of Collected English Papers shows that the soul is not merely the innocent recipient
or victim of violence: it also produces itself through violent deeds and expresses itself through violent acts. Beginning
in primordial times with the ritual spilling of blood in animal and human sacrifice, a light was kindled within the darkness
of what would otherwise have been mere biological existence, the light of consciousness, mindedness, and "the soul." And following
upon this, in the clearance thus created, the soul attained new statuses of itself on the historic battlefields of war and
revolution. First-order killings gave way to second-order killings, the killings of metaphysics and philosophy. Turning around
upon itself (even as it violently engaged those adversarial others through whom its self-relation was mediated) the soul learned
to self-critically cut into itself. It was in this way, as the inwardness of the blood that was paid out for it, that psychology
emerged. Topics include ritual slaughter as primordial soul-making, shadow integration and the rise of psychology, blood-brotherhood
and blood-revenge, the alchemy of history, Kafka's "In the Penal Colony," child sacrifice, Islamic terrorism, and the animus
as negation with special reference to Bluebeard.