Francis Xavier Charet

Francis Xavier Charet



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Faculty member Francis Xavier Charet is an interdisciplinary scholar in religious studies, world religions, spirituality, Jungian psychology and psychology.  Charet teaches in both the Undergraduate Program (UGP) and the Goddard Graduate Institute (GGI).  He developed and current coordinates Consciousness Studies Concentration, available to students enrolled in the Goddard Graduate Institute.


PhD in Psychology and Religion, Ottawa University
MA in Religious Studies, McGill University
BA in Religious Studies, McGill University

Areas of Expertise

Religious Studies: Eastern and Western Religions; Philosophy: East and West; Psychology: Freud, Jung, Transpersonal Psychology; History of Psychiatry and Psychology; Consciousness Studies; Contemporary Spirituality; Asian Studies: History and Culture; Yoga: Philosophy and Practice; Death and Dying

Personal Statement

Like many of my generation, I experienced the shift from an understanding of life based on traditional values to one more directly related to personal experience. This shift led me on a number of outer and inner journeys, from Western spirituality and philosophy to ashrams in India, travels in the Middle East and Europe, teaching, and, ultimately, Goddard.

As an itinerant academic, I have taught in a number of universities and colleges and have given a variety of courses, seminars and workshops, most concerned with the spiritual traditions of the planet, Eastern and Western philosophy, the depth psychological traditions, and the history of psychiatry and psychology. My own orientation in my work as a Goddard advisor is to help students create the right balance between the textual, descriptive, and the experiential. I am also concerned with how the subjects we study relate to our own interiority and to the communities within which we live and work. Those of us who have been privileged with an academic formation have a responsibility to air questions about such matters with our students and colleagues. It also seems to me that the curriculum of Goddard reflects these same concerns.

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