The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History / Edition 1

The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History / Edition 1

by Mircea Eliade
     
 

This founding work of the history of religions, first published in English in 1954, secured the North American reputation of the Romanian emigre-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures and drawing on scholarship published in no less than half a dozen European languages, Eliade's The Myth of the Eternal Return makes both… See more details below

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This founding work of the history of religions, first published in English in 1954, secured the North American reputation of the Romanian emigre-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures and drawing on scholarship published in no less than half a dozen European languages, Eliade's The Myth of the Eternal Return makes both intelligible and compelling the religious expressions and activities of a wide variety of archaic and "primitive" religious cultures. While acknowledging that a return to the "archaic" is no longer possible, Eliade passionately insists on the value of understanding this view in order to enrich our contemporary imagination of what it is to be human. Jonathan Z. Smith's new introduction provides the contextual background to the book and presents a critical outline of Eliade's argument in a way that encourages readers to engage in an informed conversation with this classic text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691123509
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/18/2005
Series:
Bollingen Series (General) Series
Edition description:
With a New introduction by Jonathan Z. Smith
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
441,457
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1Archetypes and repetition1
Ch. 2The regeneration of time49
Ch. 3Misfortune and history93
Ch. 4The terror of history139

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