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In Myths to Live By, Joseph, Campbell explores the enduring power of the universal myths that influence our lives daily and examines the myth-making process from the primitive past to the immediate present, returning always to the source from which all mythology springs; the creative imagination.

Campbell stresses that the borders dividing the earth have been shattered; that myths and religions have always followed the certain basic archetypes and are no longer exclusive to a ...

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Overview

In Myths to Live By, Joseph, Campbell explores the enduring power of the universal myths that influence our lives daily and examines the myth-making process from the primitive past to the immediate present, returning always to the source from which all mythology springs; the creative imagination.

Campbell stresses that the borders dividing the earth have been shattered; that myths and religions have always followed the certain basic archetypes and are no longer exclusive to a single people, region, or religion. He shows how we must recognize their common denominators and allow this knowledge to be of use in fulfilling human potential everywhere.

The brilliant author of The Masks of God shares his ideas and speculations on our universal myths, in a fascinating, very personal work which explores the enduring power of the myths that influence our lives and examines the myth-making process from the primitive past to the immediate present.

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There's no one quite like Joseph Campbell. He knows the vast sweep of man's panoramic past as few men have ever known it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670503599
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/12/1972
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Campbell was interested in mythology since his childhood in New York, when he read books about American Indians, frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History, and was fascinated by the museum's collection of totem poles. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Columbia in 1925 and 1927 and went on to study medieval French and Sanskrit at the universities of Paris and Munich. After a period in California, where he encountered John Steinbeck and the biologist Ed Ricketts, he taught at the Canterbury School, then, in 1934, joined the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he retained for many years. During the 1940s and '50s, he helped Swami Nikhilananda to translate the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. The many books by Professor Campbell include The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Myths to Live By, The Flight of the Wild Gander, and The Mythic Image. He edited The Portable Arabian Nights, The Portable Jung, and other works. He died in 1987.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Preface I. The Impact of Science on Myth II. The Emergence of Mankind III. The Importance of Rites IV. The Separation of East and West V. The Confrontation of East and West in Religion VI. The Inspiration of Oriental Art VII. Zen VIII. The Mythology of Love IX. Mythologies of War and Peace X. Schizophrenia - the Inward Journey XI. The Moon Walk - the Outward Journey XII. Envoy: No More Horizons Reference Notes Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2003

    Interested in religion?

    This book really opened up my eyes (and mind) to just how similar people and their religious needs are. Campbell has such an insightful approach to religion and reading this book proves that symbols are above all the most important aspect of man's desires and strivings. Campbell was influenced not only by Carl Jung but also by Eastern religions-- with which he applies to Western thought and religion. This comparison is striking and revealing and contains so much truth! You won't regret reading this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

    Simple minded

    Dont read this book expecting any deep or insightful revelations. I found Cambell's never ending criticisms of religion to be simple minded and lacking in substance. His arguments are not meant for any serious thought or inquiry, but rather remind me of dogmatic preaching. The only people Cambell is going to convince is individuals who have already bought into his line of thought and are only seeking confirmation. Individuals who wouldnt bother to demand something of substance. If your looking for a book that address issues of atheism and religion in a serious and intellectual manner, this is not the book for you.

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