Mythology and Philosophy with Antonio
dim. 27 janvier à 21:00
PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE IMPOSES A $10 MINIMUM. Western philosophy emerged in Greece suddenly around the 6th century B.C.E. Scholars have traditionally argued that philosophy was a reaction against mythology and aimed to replace naïve views of the world with reason-based arguments. The problem with this interpretation is that it relies on a mistaken account of the nature of mythology. An examination of the birth of philosophy, which relies on the analyses of mythology developed by scholars such as Joseph Campbell and Mircea Eliade, leads to a very different conclusion. Early Greek philosophers did not reject myths; they integrated them into a broader perspective. They captured the contents of myths and conveyed them in a new language, but also realized that philosophy could not exist without mythology. Antonio Donato is Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance philosophy at Queens College, CUNY. He completed his graduate studies in Italy and England. His research focuses on the Medieval philosopher Boethius and Italian Renaissance utopias. He is currently working on an online textbook which offers an introduction to philosophy through the study of early Greek thinkers.