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Myth [addendum]

As Alasdair MacIntyre says, some philosophers have treated myth, disparagingly, as the opposite of logos, as a nonrational form of understanding the world that either has been or should be displaced by science and reason. Others have agreed that myth is the opposite of logos but have consequently valorized it as a fruit of the primordial mind, a product of an archaic form of experience or mystical consciousness that the modern scientific mind, to its detriment, has lost. There is then a range of philosophical views of the relative value of myth, but philosophers have largely agreed with Ernst Cassirer in seeing myth as a quintessential product of pretheoretical consciousness and therefore as a foil for the scientific mentality of modern European civilization. Since 1967, however, this assumption has been problematized. The concept of myth has been deconstructed, and this deconstruction represents a double obstacle for any...

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