The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor as Myth and as Religion

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Developed from a memorable series of lectures delivered in San Francisco, which included a legendary symposium at the Palace of Fine Arts with astronaut Rusty Schweickart, Joseph Campbell's last book explores the space age. Campbell posits that the newly discovered laws of outer space are actually at work within human beings as well and that a new mythology is implicit in this realization. He examines the new mythology and other questions in these essays which he described as "a...
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Overview

Developed from a memorable series of lectures delivered in San Francisco, which included a legendary symposium at the Palace of Fine Arts with astronaut Rusty Schweickart, Joseph Campbell's last book explores the space age. Campbell posits that the newly discovered laws of outer space are actually at work within human beings as well and that a new mythology is implicit in this realization. He examines the new mythology and other questions in these essays which he described as "a broadly shared spiritual adventure."

This will stand alongside Campbell's classics The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Masks of God and The Power of Myth.

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Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) is widely credited with bringing mythology to a mass audience. His works, including the four-volume The Masks of God and The Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers), rank among the classics in mythology and literature.

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Table of Contents

About the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell ix

Foreword xi

Introduction: Myth and the Body xiii

Chapter I Cosmology and the Mythic Imagination 1

Chapter II Metaphor As Myth and As Religion 27

The Problem 27

Metaphor As Fact and Fact As Metaphor 31

Metaphors of Psychological Transformation 35

Threshold Figures 40

The Metaphorical Journey 63

Metaphorical Identification 70

The Net of Gems 76

Chapter III The Way of Art 89

Chapter Notes 119

A Joseph Campbell Bibliography 129

Acknowledgments 133

Index 135

About the Author 145

About the Joseph Campbell Foundation 147

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