Myth and Modernity : Postcritical Reflections
This book surveys selected modern theories of myth from philosophy, religion, anthropology, sociology, and psychoanalysis to demonstrate a common commitment to a dualistic ontology and/or epistemology. With help from the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Michael Polanyi, the author proposes a new theory of myth that goes beyond these dualisms. It argues that although the Enlightenment sought to banish myth, it was itself animated by myths that it could neither recognize nor accredit. Moreover, it argues that myth is a primordial, articulate grasp of the lifeworld and is essential for providing a fundamental orientation to all human activities, including theorizing. The myths of Timaeus and Genesis are shown tacitly to shape modernity's most sophisticated theories in science and philosophy, including the criteria for truth.
- Hardback | 161 pages
- 157.5 x 228.6 x 15.2mm | 226.8g
- 01 Jul 1994
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0