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Conclusion: The future of the study of myth

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/9780192803474.003.0010

Series: Very Short Introductions

Conclusion: The future of the study of myth

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‘Conclusion: The future of the study of myth’ asks: Given that twentieth-century theories have not challenged the supremacy of science, why bother trying to reconcile myth with science? Why not simply accept the nineteenth-century view and dispense with myth in favour of science? The twentieth-century answer has been that the restriction of myth to either a literal explanation or a symbolic description of physical events fails to account for the array of other functions and meanings that myth harbours. In the twenty-first century the question is whether myth can be brought back to the external world — without facilely dismissing the authority of science.

Keywords: authority; literal; myth; Other; symbolic

Chapter.  1829 words. 

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

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