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Joseph Campbell's Monomyth

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21 hours ago, dream_weaver said:

In Philosophy: Who Needs It, Miss Rand writes:

The men who are not interested in philosophy need it most urgently: they are most helplessly in its power.

Is it philosophy or myth from which such power is derived? While story often proceed explanation, causal relationship only exist between an entity and its actions.

To elevate myth as a subject worthy of study, what does it need be held subordinate to, or what need be held subordinate to it?


I gather you are invoking Rand's view that philosophy drives history.  Note that she regarded religion as a primitive form of philosophy.  And religion is, of course, a subset of myth. 

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10 hours ago, StrictlyLogical said:

If you find that reflecting upon Myth does not serve as useful to you, in the context of your life, in the acts of introspection and reflecting upon who and what you are, your relationship to the universe and others, finding your center and deciding what life means to you, why you choose to live and whether you choose to and how best to live fully, by all means stop investigating Myth completely.  Values are contextual and if you personally gain no value from Myth you should not pursue it.  IMHO


I have to take issue with you here, though I share the sentiment that one shouldn't waste time on things that don't resonate, or study subjects just because others say they're important. 

Think of the study of myth as an essential part of any dispassionate anthropological study.  To pursue philosophy you have to study Man, even the elements you believe ought to be tossed in the trash.  Myth is ubiquitous in history and in the present.  What does that tell us about our species?  If myths don't resonate with you, wouldn't that mean you're an outlier?  It would probably be a good idea to understand why, and come to terms with the implications. 

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