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A Future for the Philosophical Study of Myths

But this result is not inevitable. Two observations may point to a future for the philosophical study of myths. In the first place, even when it is not a philosopher studying the myth, philosophy is still present, because answers to philosophical questions are always already embedded in the theories of myth. Social scientific approaches to myths are not philosophically neutral. They inevitably embody a particular set of normative assumptions about what is real and not real, knowable and not knowable, and good and not good, and in this way theories of myth carry certain metaphysical, epistemological, and axiological presuppositions. That the study of myths is unavoidably "philosophy-laden" is perhaps seen most easily when one looks at how the theorist answers questions about rationality, for every theory of myth assumes a judgment regarding what is and is not rational to say...

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