The European Legacy 15 (7):843-853 (2010)

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Anthony Hooper
Durham University
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In this essay I will argue that Platonic myths are a useful tool not only in the education of the ignorant but for the philosophical mind as well. To do this I will first examine the limitations and problems that Plato sees in written communication, and I will then argue that myths avoid these problems by undermining their own validity. If they are to avoid the problems that plague the written format, myths must show themselves for what they are: inadequate tools for giving a complete account of a particular subject. Myths, I will argue, are those shadows (to use the term from the story of the Cave in the Republic) that show their own shadow-like nature. In this way the myth is able to work hand-in-hand with dialectic to educate philosophers
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Myth and Transcendence in Plato.M. John Gregory - 1968 - Thought: Fordham University Quarterly 43 (2):273-296.

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