Event Title

Plenary: From the Faun's Bookshelf: Myth and Meaning

Presenter Information

Charlie Starr

Location

Euler 109

Start Date

31-5-2018 7:00 PM

Description

The secret power of myth is in its ability to embody modes of knowledge and thought which the modern world has lost but desperately needs. Myth functions in the imagination, the meaning-making organ, and meaning is larger than mere propositions or language statements. In myth we encounter modes of thought that join thinking to experience, meld the abstract with the concrete, and incarnate Platonic essences in the images, objects and actions of stories. Myth makes possible an ancient mode of concrete thought by being a language beyond words, a mode of languaging whose vocabulary is the characters, creatures and plot elements of the mythic tales themselves. Myth expresses what is otherwise, by words, inexpressible and in so doing draws us closer to the kind of thinking of which Adam was naturally capable before the fall, the kind of thinking we’ll know again when we meet the Myth who became Fact face-to-face.

Event Type

Keynote

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May 31st, 7:00 PM

Plenary: From the Faun's Bookshelf: Myth and Meaning

Euler 109

The secret power of myth is in its ability to embody modes of knowledge and thought which the modern world has lost but desperately needs. Myth functions in the imagination, the meaning-making organ, and meaning is larger than mere propositions or language statements. In myth we encounter modes of thought that join thinking to experience, meld the abstract with the concrete, and incarnate Platonic essences in the images, objects and actions of stories. Myth makes possible an ancient mode of concrete thought by being a language beyond words, a mode of languaging whose vocabulary is the characters, creatures and plot elements of the mythic tales themselves. Myth expresses what is otherwise, by words, inexpressible and in so doing draws us closer to the kind of thinking of which Adam was naturally capable before the fall, the kind of thinking we’ll know again when we meet the Myth who became Fact face-to-face.