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By Chiara Bottici

ISBN-10: 0521876559

ISBN-13: 9780521876551

During this ebook, Chiara Bottici argues for a philosophical knowing of political fantasy. Bottici indicates that fantasy is a method, certainly one of non-stop paintings on a easy narrative trend that responds to a necessity for importance. humans desire which means so one can grasp the realm they dwell in, yet in addition they want importance for you to reside in an international that's much less detached to them. this is often quite real within the realm of politics. Political myths are narratives in which we orient ourselves, and act and consider approximately our political global. Bottici indicates that during order to come back to phrases with modern phenomena, resembling the conflict among civilizations, we'd like a Copernican revolution in political philosophy. If we wish to keep cause, we have to examine it from the perspective of fantasy.

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The dynamic interpenetration of myth and philosophy is also reflected in the semantic proximity of the two terms mythos and logos. No sharp dichotomy between mythos versus logos was stated, at least not before the fourth century bc (Morgan 2000). Herodotus, for instance, uses mythos only twice, but, as has been observed, he uses P1: SBT 0521876559c01 CUNY769/Bottici Mythos and Logos 0 521 87655 9 May 12, 2007 22:16 29 the term logos in a way that corresponds to what we would call “myth” today (K.

P1: SBT 0521876559c01 CUNY769/Bottici 28 0 521 87655 9 May 12, 2007 22:16 I A Genealogy of Myth to this fragment, Thales said that “all things are full of gods” (panta plera theon einai) (Diels and Kranz 1951, Frag. 22; Kirk, Raven and Schonfield 1983: 95). This fragment seems to refer to a view that comes close to what Vernant called a “mythical conception of reality”, that is, one in which different levels of reality are fused together. Despite the obscurity of the formulation and the consequent difficulty in providing any univocal interpretation of this fragment, it seems clear that we are a long way away from the image of the positivist natural philosopher.

E. an authoritative speech act – the prototype being the public oration of the poet (Martin 1989). Despite these divergences, scholars agree on the basic meaning, 20 P1: SBT 0521876559c01 CUNY769/Bottici Mythos and Logos 0 521 87655 9 May 12, 2007 22:16 21 almost absent in the Homeric poems – there are only two occurrences, one in the Iliad (XV, 393) and one in the Odyssey (I, 56) – the term progressively came into common usage up to a point when it took the semantic place once occupied by mythos.

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