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

Paperback | November 15, 2001

EditorRichard Buxton

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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 involvingmyth/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 theGreek 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.

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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, phil...

Richard Buxton is at University of Bristol.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:November 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199247528

ISBN - 13:9780199247523

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`Review from previous edition 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.'BMCR