Myth as primitive philosophy: The case of E.B. Tylor

Robert A. Segal*

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Among the standard issues considered by theorists of myth is that of the relationship of myth to philosophy. There are various positions on the issue. Who holds them will be discussed in the last section of this essay. For now, let me simply list the array of positions held: that myth is a part of philosophy; that myth is philosophy; that philosophy grows out of myth; that myth and philosophy are independent of each other but serve the same function; and that myth and philosophy are independent of each other and serve different functions. Compounding the array of options is the common inclusion of two further categories: religion and science. The relationship between myth and philosophy becomes linked to that between religion and science. On this issue as well there is an array of positions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThinking through Myths
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophical Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)0203398440, 9781134523221
ISBN (Print)0415254604, 9780415254601
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2002 Kevin Schilbrack for selection and editorial material.


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