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Chapter Two: Myth

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Chapter Summary

This chapter falls into three main sections; (i) the political nature of myth, with a warning from Adorno and a bringing into relief of Bloch's discernment of myth for the sake of identifying the cunning of myth, (ii) a comprehensive strengthening of the anticipatory and utopian function of myth by means of a motley collection of arguments that runs all the way from Georges Sorel, through Althusser, Badiou, Deleuze and Guattari, to analogical argument for God's existence, (iii) three examples, drawn from Barthes, Jameson and Christian communism, of the utopian drive of political myth. It represents a significant development of an earlier argument concerning political myth. The chapter briefs a sketch of poligonic myth within the traditional designations of myth in terms of theogony, cosmogony and anthropogony. It draws upon the work of Bruce Lincoln, who identifies ambivalence in between mythos and logos in the Greek heritage.

Keywords: Adorno; anthropogony; Christian communism; cosmogony; God; Greek heritage; political myth; theogony



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