Myth and mythologization: development and problems of conceptualization

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


Vesntik TSU. Philosophy. 2014

Myth and mythologization: development and problems of conceptualization

Author: Andrey A. Lymar

About the author:

Andrey A. Lymar, Head of the Department of Grants and Contracts, Tyumen State University


The article considers the development of myth and mythologization
process as social phenomena. There are two modern approaches which study the origins
of the concept and the phenomenon: physiological approach based on the concepts
of C.G. Jung and E. Cassirer and historic-semiotic approach based on the concepts
of R. Barthes. It is concluded, that these approaches are incompatible and it is impossible
to combine different theories and that is quite typical for modern science. The author
focuses attention that these are two different phenomena which can be used in one
applied problem, but they are of different nature. It is stated that R. Barthes’s theory
is the most effective for historical science as it allows analyzing the processes in
a historical context rather than using an ordinary set of archetypes formed in primitive
society to explain their nature.


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