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Plato the myth maker

Author: Luc Brisson; Gerard Naddaf
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We think of myth as a fictional story, and Plato was the first to use the term muthos in that sense. But Plato also used muthos to describe the practice of making and telling stories, the oral transmission of all that a community keeps in its collective memory. In the first part of Plato the Myth Maker, Luc Brisson reconstructs Plato's multifaceted and not uncritical description of muthos in light of the latter's  Read more...
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Named Person: Plato.; Platon.; Plato.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Luc Brisson; Gerard Naddaf
ISBN: 0226075184 9780226075181
OCLC Number: 39313416
Description: lv, 188 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Plato's testimony : the communication of the memorable. Information --
Means of transmission --
Fabrication --
Narration --
Reception --
Imitation --
Persuasion --
Plato's critique : the discourse of and for the other --
Myth as discourse --
Opposition between myth and falsifiable discourse --
Opposition between myth and argumentative discourse --
Utility of myth --
Repudiation of allegorical interpretation --
Plato's derivative use of the term "muthos."
Other Titles: Platon, les mots et les mythes.
Responsibility: Luc Brisson ; translated, edited, and with an introduction by Gerard Naddaf.
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"We think of myth as a fictional story, and Plato was the first to use the term muthos in that sense. But Plato also used muthos to describe the practice of making and telling stories, the oral transmission of all that a community keeps in its collective memory. In the first part of Plato the Myth Maker, Luc Brisson reconstructs Plato's multifaceted and not uncritical description of muthos in light of the latter's famous Atlantis story. The second part of the book contrasts this sense of myth, as Plato does, with another form of speech that he believed was far superior: the logos of philosophy."--BOOK JACKET. "Appearing for the first time in English, Plato the Myth Maker is a solid and important contribution to the history of myth, based on the privileged testimony of one of its most influential critics and supporters."--Jacket.

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