Omid Tofighian

Beyond the Myth / Philosophy Dichotomy. Foundations for an Interdependent Perspective

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15/1 - Spring 2010, pages 175–189
Date of online publication: 15 juin 2010
Date of publication: 01 juin 1020

Abstract

Philosophy vs. myth; argument vs. narrative. Are these oppositions outdated clichés or are they realistic dichotomies with universal application? Definitions of myth are often confronted with exceptions. Mythic themes and elements regularly surface in philosophy, and vice versa. The boundary separating myth and philosophy continues to be redrawn and the status of the two continually reevaluated. By moving away from an all-encompassing definition of myth I aim to propose a foundation upon which an interdependent relationship between myth and philosophy can be interpreted. New possibilities for interconnection between the two will be suggested along with more compelling questions on which to base inquiries.

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Tofighian, Omid. “Beyond the Myth / Philosophy Dichotomy. Foundations for an Interdependent Perspective.” Forum Philosophicum 15, no. 1 (2010): 175–189. doi:10.5840/forphil201015124.

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