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Unformatted text preview: CLAS 131 Notes 27 Myth and Philosophy Philosophical Criticism of Myth Be able to:- identify some of the key issues relevant to the question of whether the ancient Greeks believed their myths- give examples of the philosophical criticism of myth and of philosophical explanations for the origin of myth Myth and Belief in Ancient Greece Myth has an absolutely central role- used to explore ideas about the nature of the divine, the relationship of people to the divine, and people’s relationships with one another in both family and political contexts- overlapped and interacted with worship, with politics, with history; used to create and reinforce communal identity Did the ancient Greeks believe their myths? Did they think that their myths were true? With respect to this question, we need to consider myths about heroes and myths about gods separately: very different issues. Did the ancient Greeks believe their myths about heroes? Did they think they were really true?- A question about history: did they think that these people really existed in earlier times, and that these events really took place?- Address this question in later lectures Did the ancient Greeks believe their myths about the gods? Did they think they were really true?- A question about theology: did they believe that the way the gods were depicted in myth was an accurate reflection of the world and the place of the gods in it?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07