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Mircea Eliade: Some Theoretical Problems

  • Ivan Strenski

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to analyze critically the notion of ‘myth’ as it occurs in the thought of the historian of religion, Mircea Eliade. Because the study of myth is subsumed in Professor Eliade’s study of religions, it will be necessary first to explain how the general methodology of Eliade’s peculiar approach to the study of religions hangs together, before we can fully appreciate the character of his concept of myth.

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Theoretical Problem Psychic Life Religious Phenomenon Ontological Priority Primitive Mode 
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© Ivan Strenski 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivan Strenski
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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