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AuthorRasmussen, David M. author
TitleMythic-Symbolic Language and Philosophical Anthropology [electronic resource] : A Constructive Interpretation of the Thought of Paul Ricล{147}ur / by David M. Rasmussen
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1971
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Descript VIII, 158 p. 1 illus. online resource


This book will attempt to achieve a constructive and positive correlaยญ tion between mythic-symbolic language and philosophical anthropoloยญ gy. It is intended as a reflection on the philosophical accomplishment of Paul Ricoeur. The term mythic-symbolic language in this context means the language of the multivalent symbol given in the myth with its psychological and poetic counterparts. The term symbol is not conยญ ceived as an abstract sign as it is used in symbolic logic, but rather as a concrete phenomenon - religious, psychological, and poetic. The task inherent in this correlation is monumental when one considers the dual dilemma of problematic and possibility which is at its heart. The probยญ lematic arises out of the apparent difficulty presented by the so-called challenge of modernity which seems to require the elimination of myยญ thic-symbolic language as an intelligible mode of communication. Mythic-symbolic language is sometimes eliminated because in a world molded by abstract conceptualizations of science, such a language is thought to be unintelligible. The claim is that its "primitive" explanaยญ tions have been transcended by our modernity. Others believe that the problem of mythic-symbolic language is the problem of the myth. If the mythic forms of language could be eliminated, the truth of such language could be preserved through its translation into an intelligible mode of discourse. The problematic is heightened further by the relation of considerยญ ations of language to philosophical anthropology. Any consideration of language involves a related view of the nature of man


I. A Negative Correlation Between Mythic-Symbolic Language and the Nature of Man -- A. From Language to Special Language -- B. Bultmann: Hermeneutics and the Nature of Man -- C. The Problem of a Negative Definition of Mythic-Symbolic Language -- II. Methodological Perspectives: from Phenomenology to Hermeneutic Phenomenology -- A. Global Philosophical Anthropology -- III. Freedom and Global Anthropology -- A. Freedom and Nature -- B. Freedom and Fallibility -- C. Freedom and Fault -- D. Myth and the Problem of Evil -- IV. Hermeneutic Phenomenology and Language -- A. Philosophy as a Hermeneutic -- B. Philosophy as a Reflective Task -- C. Structuralism and Phenomenology -- D. Ricoeurโ{128}{153}s Hermeneutic: An Evaluation -- E. Conclusion -- V. Toward a Working Theory of Language Correlated with a Philosophical Anthropology -- A. Theory -- B. Methodology -- What is a Text? Explanation and Interpretation -- I. What is a Text? -- II. Structural Analysis as โ{128}{156}Explanationโ{128}{157} -- III. Towards a new Concept of Interpretation

Philosophy Language and languages -- Philosophy Anthropology Philosophy Philosophy of Language Anthropology


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