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Myth and science

Robert A. Segal

in Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780192803474
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775819 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192803474.003.0002

Series: Very Short Introductions

Myth and science

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One the modern challenges to myth has been on grounds of scientific credibility. Did creation really occur in a mere six days, as the first of two creation stories in Genesis claims? Was there really a worldwide flood? Is the earth truly but six or seven thousand years old? ‘Myth and Science’ explains how the biggest difficulty for the view of myth as the primitive counterpart to science is that it conspicuously fails to account for the retention of myth in the wake of science. If myth functions to do no more than science, why is it still around?

Keywords: Matthew Arnold; Rudolf Bultmann; Joseph Campbell; Charles Darwin; Richard Dawkins; Claude Lévi-Strauss; Lucien Lévy-Bruhl; Friedrich Max Müller; myth; Karl Popper; science

Chapter.  7549 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology ; Mythology and Folklore ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Social and Cultural History ; Social and Cultural Anthropology

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