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Myth and the Limits of Reason - Phillip Stambovsky

Myth and the Limits of Reason

Paperback Published: 30th December 2003
ISBN: 9780761827542
Number Of Pages: 178

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This inquiry expands on ideas initially worked out in The Depictive Image: Metaphor and Literary Experience (University of Massachusetts Press; November 1988). This study demonstrates how authors as diverse as Kierkegaard, Unamuno, Henry James, and Margaret Atwood employ "mythemic figurations" in ways that disclose defining limits of discursive analytical reason in the domains, respectively, of religious, national-cultural, psychosocial, and psychobiological experience. This revised edition features extensive substantive and stylistic improvements that render the exposition more fully developed and accurate, and the prose more precise and readable.

?philosophers, literary critics, and anthropologists ought to read this study before writing or teaching on myth again.>>>>--Dupre, Louis "(From The Foreword) "

Foreword (1996)p. v
Prefacep. vii
Myth and Rationalityp. 1
Mythic Mindfulness and Meaning: Emergence of the Rationalist Standpoint and the Socratic Alternativep. 25
The Mythos/Logos Split
The Emergence of the Rationalist Tradition: Xenophanes
Plato's Phaedrus and the Socratic Alternative to Polarizing Mythos and Logos
The Legacy of Mythos/Logos Polarization in Contemporary Rationalist Myth Theoryp. 55
Malinowski: Dissociation of Intellectual and Functional Aspects of Myth
Levi-Strauss: Limits of Linguistic Logos as Applied to Myth
Cassirer: Myth as a Stage on Thought's Way
Ricoeur: Myth as an Ahistorical Starting Point for Modern Thought
Blumenberg: Myth as an Accomplishment of Logos
Beyond the Mythos/Logos Split: Mythical Thinking as Depictive Rationalityp. 91
Introduction: Four Modernist Modes of Mythemic Figuration
The "Derivative" Mode in Kierkegaard's: Fear and Trembling
The "Transformative" Mode in Unamuno's: Life of Don Quixote
The "Nonce" Mode: An Instance in Henry James's: The Golden Bowl
The "Self-Critical" Mode: Mythemic Figuration in Margaret Atwood's "Giving Birth"
Conclusionp. 129
Appendixp. 137
Bibliographyp. 147
About the Authorp. 159
Indexp. 161
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ISBN: 9780761827542
ISBN-10: 0761827544
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 178
Published: 30th December 2003
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 14.07  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised