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Forum Philosophicum

Volume 15, Issue 1, Autumn 2010

Omid Tofighian
Pages 175-189

Beyond the Myth/Philosophy Dichotomy. Foundations for an Interdependent Perspective

Philosophy vs. myth; argument vs. narrative. Are these oppositions out-dated clichés or are they realistic dichotomies with universal application? Definitions of myth are often confronted with exceptions. Mythic themes and elements regularly surface in philosophy, and vice versa. The boundary separating myth and philosophy continues to be redrawn and the status of the two continually reevaluated. By moving away from an all-encompassing definition of myth I aim to propose a foundation upon which an interdependent relationship between myth and philosophy can be interpreted. New possibilities for interconnection between the two will be suggested along with more compelling questions on which to base inquiries.