Philosophy  Religious Studies  and Myth Book

Philosophy Religious Studies and Myth


  • Author : Robert A. Segal
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-07-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 426
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135610548

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Philosophy Religious Studies and Myth Excerpt :

First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Myth and Religion in Mircea Eliade Book

Myth and Religion in Mircea Eliade


  • Author : Douglas Allen
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 375
  • ISBN 10 : 0415939399

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Myth and Religion in Mircea Eliade Excerpt :

This multidisciplinary study is the first book devoted entirely to the critical interpretation of the writings of Mircea Eliade on myth. One of the most popular and influential historians and theorists of myth, Eliade argued that all myth is religious. Douglas Allen critically interprets Eliade's theories of religion, myth, and symbolism and analyses many of the controversial issues in Eliade's treatment of myth including whether Eliade's approach deals adequately with the relationship between myth and history and how Eliade's anti-modern perspective makes sense of myth in modern culture. A valuable resource for scholars in religious studies, philosophy, anthropology, and history, this book enables readers not only to understand "archaic" and "traditional" religious phenomena, but also to make sense of repressed and sublimated myth dimensions in modern secular life.

Myth and Philosophy Book

Myth and Philosophy


  • Author : Frank E. Reynolds
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 1990-10-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 382
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438417172

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"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 philosophically and too long the philosophers have ignored historical data both in its breadth and depth. In not only calling for bridges between these disciplines, but actually building some, the work makes a significant contribution to both." -- Alan Miller "This book is useful because it provides some insights both into the ways scholars think about various aspects of religious behavior, and also information about important features of such behavior. Both myth and philosophy are topics of great significance, and have been discussed by many philosophers and historians of religions and some anthropologists. An interesting set of questions about the nature of religion, and nature of philosophy and their relationships (and also about the nature of myth and its relationship to philosophy) is emerging at the forefront of academic discussions in departments of religion, departments of philosophy, and departments of anthropology. It contains some well-written and conceptually interesting essays." -- E. Thomas Lawson

Myth  Symbol and Reality Book

Myth Symbol and Reality


  • Author : Alan Olson
  • Publisher : Boston University Studies in Philosophy and Religion
  • Release Date : 1982-03
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN 10 : 0268013497

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Myth Symbol and Reality Excerpt :

Do myths and symbols have anything at all to tell us about reality? Or do they simply deserve to be relegated to the realm of fantastic unreality? The essayists in this volume deploy all the critical tools available in the task of taking myth and symbol seriously. They are not willing to consign the use of the symbolic to the logician or to relinquish the mythical to the comparative anthropologist as something of historical interest only. Instead, they strive for that difficult position that is guided by criticism but is still open to wonder in the face of what myth and symbol offer in terms of enrichment, meaning, and self-transcendence.

Myth and Solidarity in the Modern World Book

Myth and Solidarity in the Modern World


  • Author : Timothy Stacey
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-01-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351167826

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In the context of the rise of reactionary politics across the globe, this book seeks new ways of developing solidarity across religious, political and economic differences. Drawing on an increasingly influential Christian theological movement, postliberalism, it claims that the dominance of liberal, secular rationality has blinded people to the fundamental role of transcendence and myth in developing solidarity. The result is either atrophy, or a retrenching in divisive myths of faith, race, nation or economic status. Liberalism is now a dominant force across the globe. But its resonance in the Anglo-Saxon West, from which it originates and has been most fully realized, is relatively underexplored. The book thus follows two simultaneous lines of enquiry. Firstly, a genealogical study of social scientific and policy iterations of the relationship between belief and solidarity in the Anglo-Saxon West, placing postliberal theory into dialogue with the sociology and anthropology of religion, politics and economics. Secondly, it draws from original ethnographic research with groups in London, UK, that seek to develop solidarity in the face of deep-seated difference. By bringing a new way of framing these contentious debates about contemporary society, this research offers tools for more productive conversations around religious and political topics, in particular concluding with a clear policy proposal. It is, therefore, a useful resource for both academics of theology and religious studies, political philosophy, sociology and anthropology; and for politicians, policy makers and practitioners hoping to develop solidarity in the modern world.

Thinking Through Myths Book

Thinking Through Myths


  • Author : Kevin Schilbrack
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2003-09-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134523221

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Eight outstanding essays, from leading academics, deconstruct perennial problems of rationality, imagination and narrative to trace the influence of myth in our own beliefs, origins, and potential futures. Thinking Through Myths attempts to reconcile the opposed claims of pragmatism and beauty, calling for the acknowledgement of myths in everyday experience.

The Bounds of Myth Book

The Bounds of Myth


  • Author : Gustavo Esparza
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2021-03-22
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004448674

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The Bounds of Myth Excerpt :

The authors of The Bounds of Myth present in their articles an account of the importance of myth as a valid form of thought and its relation to other forms of discourse such as religion or literature.

A Chaos of Delight Book

A Chaos of Delight


  • Author : Geoffrey Dobson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-06-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315478715

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A Chaos of Delight Excerpt :

Humans throughout history have sought ways of understanding their place within the world. Religion, science and myth have been at the forefront of this quest for meaning. A Chaos of Delight examines how various cultures – from the early Sumerians, Egyptians and Greeks to contemporary Western society – have looked at the same phenomena and devised totally different world views. The rise of modern science is examined, alongside questions of evolution and the origins of life. This comprehensive volume is an essential read for students and scholars interested in the history of ideas and the role of religion, science and myth in the development of Western thought.

God and the Creative Imagination Book

God and the Creative Imagination


  • Author : Paul Avis
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-01-11
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134609383

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God and the Creative Imagination Excerpt :

'A mere metaphor', 'only symbolic', 'just a myth' - these tell tale phrases reveal how figurative language has been cheapened and devalued in our modern and postmodern culture. In God and the Creative Imagination, Paul Avis argues the contrary: we see that actually, metaphor, symbol and myth, are the key to a real knowledge of God and the sacred. Avis examines what he calls an alternative tradition, stemming from the Romantic poets Blake, Wordsworth and Keats and drawing on the thought of Cleridge and Newman, and experience in both modern philosophy and science. God and the Creative Imagination intriguingly draws on a number of non-theological disciplines, from literature to philosophy of science, to show us that God is appropriately likened to an artist or poet and that the greatest truths are expressed in an imaginative form. Anyone wishing to further their understanding of God, belief and the imagination will find this an inspiring work.

More Than Allegory Book

More Than Allegory


  • Author : Bernardo Kastrup
  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-04-29
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781785352881

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This book is a three-part journey into the rabbit hole we call the nature of reality. Its ultimate destination is a plausible, living validation of transcendence. Each of its three parts is like a turn of a spiral, exploring recurring ideas through the prisms of religious myth, truth and belief, respectively. With each turn, the book seeks to convey a more nuanced and complete understanding of the many facets of transcendence. Part I puts forward the controversial notion that many religious myths are actually true; and not just allegorically so. Part II argues that our own inner storytelling plays a surprising role in creating the seeming concreteness of things and the tangibility of history. Part III suggests, in the form of a myth, how deeply ingrained belief systems create the world we live in. The three themes, myth, truth and belief, flow into and interpenetrate each other throughout the book.

Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues Book

Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues


  • Author : Omid Tofighian
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2016-11-15
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137580443

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Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues Excerpt :

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 interdisciplinary study merges new perspectives in Plato studies with recent scholarship and theories pertaining to myth. Significant overlaps exist between prominent modern theories of myth and attitudes and approaches in studies of Plato’s myths. Considering recent developments in myth studies, this book asks new questions about the evaluation of myth in Plato. Its appreciation of the historical conditions shaping and directing the study of Plato’s myths opens deeper philosophical questions about the relationship between philosophy and myth and the relevance of myth studies to philosophical debates. It also extends the discussion to address philosophical questions and perspectives on the distinction between argument and narrative.

Myth and the Human Sciences Book

Myth and the Human Sciences


  • Author : Angus Nicholls
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-12-05
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317817215

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This is the first book-length critical analysis in any language of Hans Blumenberg’s theory of myth. Blumenberg can be regarded as the most important German theorist of myth of the second half of the twentieth century, and his Work on Myth (1979) has resonated across disciplines ranging from literary theory, via philosophy, religious studies and anthropology, to the history and philosophy of science. Nicholls introduces Anglophone readers to Blumenberg’s biography and to his philosophical contexts. He elucidates Blumenberg’s theory of myth by relating it to three important developments in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German philosophy (hermeneutics, phenomenology and philosophical anthropology), while also comparing Blumenberg’s ideas with those of other prominent theorists of myth such as Vico, Hume, Schelling, Max Müller, Frazer, Sorel, Freud, Cassirer, Heidegger, Horkheimer and Adorno. According to Nicholls, Blumenberg’s theory of myth can only be understood in relation to the ‘human sciences,’ since it emerges from a speculative hypothesis concerning the emergence of the earliest human beings. For Blumenberg, myth was originally a cultural adaptation that constituted the human attempt to deal with anxieties concerning the threatening forces of nature by anthropomorphizing those forces into mythic images. In the final two chapters, Blumenberg’s theory of myth is placed within the post-war political context of West Germany. Through a consideration of Blumenberg’s exchanges with Carl Schmitt, as well as by analysing unpublished correspondence and parts of the original Work of Myth manuscript that Blumenberg held back from publication, Nicholls shows that Blumenberg’s theory of myth also amounted to a reckoning with the legacy of National Socialism.

Political Myth Book

Political Myth


  • Author : Christopher Flood
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-12-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135347956

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Political Myth Excerpt :

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Myth and Ritual School Book

The Myth and Ritual School


  • Author : Robert Ackerman
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-10-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135371128

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The Myth and Ritual School Excerpt :

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Jung and the Jungians on Myth Book
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Jung and the Jungians on Myth


  • Author : Steven Walker
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-04-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135347604

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Jung and the Jungians on Myth Excerpt :

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.