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Myth, Symbol, and Reality

Myth, Symbol, and Reality

Edited by Alan M. Olson

Do myths and symbols have anything at all to tell us about reality? Or do they simply deserve to be relegated to the realm of fantastic unreality?

The essayists in this volume deploy all the critical tools available in the task of taking myth and symbol seriously. They are not willing to consign the use of the symbolic to the logician or to relinquish the mythical to the comparative anthropologist as something of historical interest only. Instead, they strive for that difficult position that is guided by criticism but is still open to wonder in the face of what myth and symbol offer in terms of enrichment, meaning, and self-transcendence.

“This first volume in a new series is a welcome contribution to the study of the interrelationship of myth, symbol, and reality . . . The book reflects an interdisciplinary and ecumenical approach which transcends academic specialization.” —Religious Studies Review

ISBN: 978-0-268-01349-3
202 pages
Publication Year: 1980

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Myth, Symbol, and Reality

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 Myth, Symbol, and Reality
Paper Edition

Do myths and symbols have anything at all to tell us about reality? Or do they simply deserve to be relegated to the realm of fantastic unreality?

The essayists in this volume deploy all the critical tools available in the task of taking myth and symbol seriously. They are not willing to consign the use of the symbolic to the logician or to relinquish the mythical to the comparative anthropologist as something of historical interest only. Instead, they strive for that difficult position that is guided by criticism but is still open to wonder in the face of what myth and symbol offer in terms of enrichment, meaning, and self-transcendence.

“This first volume in a new series is a welcome contribution to the study of the interrelationship of myth, symbol, and reality . . . The book reflects an interdisciplinary and ecumenical approach which transcends academic specialization.” —Religious Studies Review

ISBN: 978-0-268-01349-3

202 pages

Boston University Studies in Philosophy and Religion