Lycoming College M.B. Rich professor of religion publishes book in Russian

Lycoming College M.B. Rich professor of religion publishes book in Russian

Dr. Hughes holding his 10th book, published in Russia.

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Dr. Richard Hughes, M.B. Rich professor of religion, had his 10th book, “Genes, Destiny, and the Cain Complex,” published in Russia. Mikhail Melnikov, the translator, is a clinical psychologist who collected Hughes’ papers for this book to promote Szondi studies in the Russian Federation.

The book contains 13 chapters of translations of essays Hughes previously published in Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States, with a new introduction and university lectures. The lectures include “The Symbolism of the Bridge,” delivered by Hughes at the University of Zurich in 1993, and “Moral Destiny and Relational Cosmology,” which he delivered at the University of Navarre in 1978. Special attention is devoted to epilepsy and the sharing of its equivalents across the generations of the family.

The chapters refer to the life and work of Leopold Szondi (1893-1986), a Hungarian-born Swiss psychiatrist, who produced a magisterial system of psychiatry known as the “Analysis of Destiny,” under the conditions of war, revolution, and the Holocaust, which remains untranslated.

The book was translated by Mikhail Melnikov and Maria Fomel and published by Ergo Publishing Company in Izhevsk, Russia. It is 201 pages with an extensive bibliography and index.

Hughes has published books and essays in the fields of theology, biblical studies, depth psychology, ethics and law. He has taught courses in theology, ethics, comparative religions, and existential studies at Lycoming College since 1970. Hughes, who earned a doctorate from Boston University, has traveled, written, studied and taught across the globe, including serving in churches, prisons and hospitals throughout the U.S. He has also received academic awards for research projects from the Louisville Institute/Lilly Endowment and the Szondi Foundation of Switzerland.

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