The Master-Myth of Modern Society: A Sketch of the Scientific Worldview and Its Psyco-Social Effects

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The Master-Myth of Modern Society extends the late Dr. Kinget's life work as professor, psychotherapist, and author. Defining myth as a perennial psycho-social phenomenon that expresses an internal compulsion towards understanding the unknown, Kinget, one of the original humanistic psychologists, argues that the rhetoric, ideology, and mystique surrounding modern science constitutes the "master-myth" of our times. She evaluates "science as myth" in terms of both its beneficial effects and its debilitating qualities. Along these lines, Kinget views the notion of objectivity as an essential element of this myth, noting that the questions we ask and the answers we seek are constantly being reconstructed according to spiritual need. With a bibliography of time-honored authors, this short work can serve as a springboard for further exploration of human beings' traditional and modern mentality as expressed in myths, society, religion, and psychological queries. Relevant for understanding contemporary society, this book will be of value to students of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and integrated social sciences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761815709
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/10/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

G. Marian Kinget studied and published with Carl Rogers, and was Professor Emerita of Psychology at Michigan State University until her death in 1997.

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Table of Contents

chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 The Nature and Function of Myth chapter 3 The Myth of the Scientific Worldview chapter 4 Effects Upon the Individual and Society chapter 5 The Promise of Psychology chapter 6 Conclusion: From Code-Centered to Care-Centered chapter 7 Bibliography

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