Bringing myth back to the world: The future of myth in Jungian psychology

Robert A. Segal*

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There is a clear-cut divide between nineteenth-and twentieth-century theories of myth. In the nineteenth century myth was taken to be the 'primitive' counterpart to science, which was assumed to be entirely modern. Myth originated and functioned to do for primitive peoples what science now did for moderns: account for all events in the physical world. One could not consistently hold both kinds of explanations, and moderns, who were defined as scientific, were logically obliged to abandon myth. The rise of science thus spelled the death of myth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDreaming the Myth Onwards
Subtitle of host publicationNew Directions in Jungian Therapy and Thought
EditorsLucy Huskinson
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781134071449
ISBN (Print)0203938283, 9780203938287
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2008

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© 2008 Selection and editorial matter, Lucy Huskinson; individual chapters, the contributors.


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