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Myth and Philosophy

Abstract. 'Myth and philosophy' examines the many positions held on the relationship between myth and philosophy. Some philosophers assert that, antithetically to moderns, primitives think 'mythopoeically', which means concretely, uncritically, and emotionally. Philosophical and mythopoeic ways of thinking are more than. 1 Jun Abstract. This article investigates the relation between myth and philosophy in Greek philosophy in general and in Plato in particular. Although philosophical thinking and mythical thinking are in general mutually opposed, Greek reason is yet to be separated from its fantastic temperament. The mythic. "This is an important book that takes on the ambitious project of offering a new way to think about the myths incorporated into Greek philosophical writings." Phoenix "Morgan's work is valuable for the study of both myth and philosophy, a work of which anyone with an interest in these discourses should take note." Bryn Mawr.

"The book as a whole seeks to reinvigorate an academic discipline (philosophy of religion) which has fallen on hard times, and to do so by building a bridge between philosophy and empirical-historical studies of religion. The topic is both significant and timely. Too long the empiricists have been inadequately sophisticated. The study of myth across the disciplines is united by the questions asked. The main questions are those of origin, function, and subject matter. Origin in this context means why and how myth arises; function, why and how myth persists. The answer to the why of origin and function is usually a need, which myth arises to fulfill. This is not a book about 'mythical thinking', although it is about both myth and thought. Treatments of mythical thinking try to specify some system of thought as ' other', as primitive, mystical, childish, or irration- al. The difficulties of identifying and explaining purported different mentalities are by now well known, and the.

Myth, Religion, and Philosophy. Early in the 20th century, many scholars, intellectuals, and philosophers looked on the relationship of religion, philosophy, and science as an evolutionary one in which the more sophisticated ways of looking at the world simply replaced the older ways. Religion itself was often thought to. This book rethinks Plato's creation and use of myth by drawing on theories and methods from myth studies, religious studies, literary theory and related fields. Individual myths function differently depending on cultural practice, religious context or literary tradition, and this. judge the use of mythical themes by the same philosopher in the frag mentary remains of some of his so-called exoteric works. This enquiry into. Aristotle's position will be preceded by an exposition of our own point of view with regard to the troublesome question of the relation between myth and philosophy. 1. Myth and.


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