[T]he knowing union with the totality, already sought in the Greek mythologies.
(Wilhelm Szilasi 1)
The quest for the totality is the modern secularized descendant of antiquity’s quest for Logos, the sacred whole which was the fusion of reason and the god, of goodness and power, embodied in the word.
(Alvin W. Gouldner 2)
|2Mythopoiesis in oral culture: obscure moons in the firmament of reason|
|3Myth as the matrix of early Greek thought and philosophy|
|4The public and political nature of Greek religion|
|5The dialectic of myth and philosophy: early Greek institutions of reflection|
|6Myth—the logos of the life-world|
|7Narrative Strategies in Greek myth|
|8Conclusion—myth as the matrix of logos|
A whole mythology is deposited in our language.
Coming to the end of the second European millennium and living in what some have described as a disenchanted postmodern age it is appropriate that we should reflect on the thesis that Western conceptual thought and philosophy originated in the symbolisms of myth. At the limit of forms of life and knowledge systems informed by the project of pure reflection and universal reason we should take the opportunity to reflect on the mythological sources of Western science and power. If science has acquired a mythical aura and is accepted as an indispensable instrument in exploring and analysing the natural world is this not, as Aristotle observed, because myth is already a kind of knowledge? Of course, the expression ‘natural world’ has a very different