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Colloquium 7

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This chapter is a discussion of the relation between myth and logos in which the rationality of myth is stressed without reducing it to a prehistory of logos. Rather, myth and logos are regarded as complementary: Myth is an addressing speech about something which is regarded as an overwhelming power, and logos is the attempt to elucidate the very meaning of what has been mythically addressed. The discussion refers to Plato's Symposium. It concentrates on a phrase articulated by Socrates (Symposium 199d) in which the word eros is doubled for the purpose of indicating its mythical and logical sense. According to the concluding reflections, the relation of myth and logos can be conceived as a hermeneutical one. Both are related to each other as text and interpretation.

Keywords:logos; myth; Plato; Socrates; Symposium



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