Philosophy, Myth and Plato's Two-Worlds View

The European Legacy 12 (2):225-242 (2007)
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This paper examines one aspect of the relation between philosophy and myth, namely the function myth has, for some philosophers, in narrowing the distance between appearance and reality. I distinguish this function of myth from other common functions, and also show how the approach to reality through myth differs from a more empirical philosophical approach. I argue that myth plays a fundamental role in Plato's approach to the appearance/reality distinction, and that understanding this is important to the interpretation of Plato's frequent use of language suggesting the existence of a world of unchanging ideal objects and a world of transient, variable particulars. All things are an exchange for fire, and fire for all things, as goods for gold, and gold for goods.1 ?Heraclitus DK 22 B 90



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Three ways of spilling ink.J. L. Austin - 1966 - Philosophical Review 75 (4):427-440.
Teleology and myth in the Phaedo.David Sedley - 1989 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 5:359-83.

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