A Philosophy of Political Myth

Cambridge University Press (2007)
In this book, Chiara Bottici argues for a philosophical understanding of political myth. Bottici shows that myth is a process, one of continuous work on a basic narrative pattern that responds to a need for significance. Human beings need meaning in order to master the world they live in, but they also need significance in order to live in a world that is less indifferent to them. This is particularly true in the realm of politics. Political myths are narratives through which we orient ourselves, and act and feel about our political world. Bottici shows that in order to come to terms with contemporary phenomena, such as the clash between civilizations, we need a Copernican revolution in political philosophy. If we want to save reason, we need to look at it from the standpoint of myth
Keywords Political science Philosophy  Myth Political aspects
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Call number JA71.B584 2007
ISBN(s) 0521182751   9780521876551   0521876559   1139466798   9781139466790
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