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From Myth to Reason? : Studies in the Development of Greek Thought - Richard Buxton

From Myth to Reason?

Studies in the Development of Greek Thought

By: Richard Buxton (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780198152347
Number Of Pages: 384

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It has often been asserted that Greek civilization underwent a transition from myth to reason. But what does such an assertion mean? And how much truth is there in it? Were the Greeks special in having evolved our sort of reason, or is that a mirage? In this book, some of the world's leading experts on ancient Greek myth, religion, philosophy, and history reconsider these fundamental issues. Among the problems they explore are: the history of the Mythos/Logos opposition; myth and reason in practice; logic(s) of myth; intersections involving myth/philosophy, myth/history, myth/ethnography, and myth/technology. Some contributors are more sceptical than others about whether the myth/reason polarity has any future as a tool for the understanding of Greek society - or any society. But what they all agree on is that a reconsideration of the Greek case can help us to clarify much broader debates, for example the debate about the cross-cultural viability (or not) of myth and reason/rationality.

`Buxton has assembled an impressive cast of scholars.' Robin Waterfield, Heythrop Journal `both essays on Herodotus give us a writer who is completely in control of his material and his methods, and knows exactly what he is doing.' Robin Waterfield, Heythrop Journal `the editor expresses the hope that the book will be useful to students and scholars in a wide range of disciplines, not just philosophers and classicists. I have no doubt that this expectation will be fulfilled.' Robin Waterfield, Heythrop Journal `This collection of papers ... provides useful insights on a wide range of issues and authors and serves generally to provoke thought concerning the interaction between myth and reason.' Malcolm Wilson, Bryn Mawr Classical Review `This is not a volume... that is short either colour or variety... high level of technical competence shown throughout.' Paul Cartledge, The Anglo-Hellenic Review

Prefacep. v
Notes on the Contributorsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
History of a Polarityp. 23
From Logos to Mythosp. 25
Myth and Reason in Practicep. 49
Re-Evaluating Gernet: Value and Greek Mythp. 51
Rationalization and Disenchantment in Ancient Greece: Max Weber among the Pythagoreans and Orphics?p. 71
Mythical Logicp. 85
The Logic of Cosmogonyp. 87
Myth, Memory, and the Chorus: 'Tragic Rationality'p. 107
Polarities Dissolvedp. 117
The Rhetoric of Muthos and Logos: Forms of Figurative Discoursep. 119
Mythology: Reflections from a Chinese Perspectivep. 145
Myth And/Or/Into History and Ethnographyp. 167
Euenius the Negligent Nightwatchman (Herodotus 9. 92-6)p. 169
'Myth into Logos': the Case of Croesus, or the Historian at Workp. 183
Monsters in Greek Ethnography and Society in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries Bcep. 197
Rationalizing Myth: Methods and Motives in Palaephatusp. 215
Demythologizing the Past, Mythicizing the Present: Myth, History, and the Supernatural at the Dawn of the Hellenistic Periodp. 223
Philosophers' Mythsp. 249
What Is a Muthos for Plato?p. 251
Myth, History, and Dialectic in Plato's Republic and Timaeus-Critiasp. 263
Myth and Logos in Aristotlep. 279
Myth, Reason, and Techniquesp. 293
The Use of Purple in Cooking, Medicine, and Magic: an Example of Interference by the Imaginary in Rational Discoursep. 295
Mythical Production: Aspects of Myth and Technology in Antiquityp. 317
Bibliographyp. 329
Indexp. 357
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ISBN: 9780198152347
ISBN-10: 0198152345
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.55