Background on Function Axes

By Ryan Smith and Eva Gregersen

In 2012, we wrote a piece, Determining Function Axes, where we argued for an axial understanding of the cognitive functions. To some extent, this conception had always been part of Jungian typology, but as far as we know, the idea of function axes, and their ontological and epistemological implications, had never been conceptualized in the manner which we employ on the site to this day (barring one exception, which we shall discuss below).[1]

Our piece from 2012 was a casual and ebullient article, simply stating the facts as we saw them. In the meantime, the axial understanding of the functions has risen to considerable popularity and prominence, and it seems to have taken on a life of its own. At the same time, however, some people seem to have trouble grasping the peculiar logic by which it operates. ...

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