Academic Catalog 2022–2023

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PHL327 Philosophy and Mythology

[3–0, 3 cr.]

In conjunction with the recent success of popular works, this course attempts to revive interest in and appreciation of mythology. Emphasis will also be made on the realization that mythology has played an even greater role in shaping philosophical thought in ancient Greece, India, and China than previously recognized. Readings will include classic general works about mythology as well as works that illustrate how mythology has influenced some of the greatest thinkers of the ancient world. The aim is to portray a more “living” or “concrete” notion of what later became metaphysics and ethics. The implications for the philosophy of religion will also be discussed.