MYTHOS ON LOGOS September 30, 2006Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism.
I made reference to the “Mythos on Logos” argument on Andrew Bartlett’s blog which is apparently well known to people who study Ancient Greece. Needless to observe, I do not know much about it, but I was reminded when I read Karen Armstrong’s Wikipedia entry of reading about it in Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance.
Isn’t Google a marvel? Matt Kundert covers the issue in a way that makes sense to me, and in doing so points to much I simply did not get, as per the Glasses Analogy in Pirsig’s other novel, Lila. There is also an interview between Robert Pirsig and an interlocutor, via email, called Julian Baggini.
I am delighted to keep on stumpling across things, that I unconsciously knew must be there. For example, Gerald Hall writes:
If the task of philosophy is to understand reality, and reality is something other than myself or my specific culture or worldview, then philosophy needs to become an intercultural activity. This has not always been the case. If I assume that my culture is singularly gifted with access to truth, the philosophical task is primarily pedagogical and dialectical. However, once it is admitted that the other who does not share my cultural worldview is an original source of human understanding, traditional philosophy is called upon to unmask its pretensions of universal understanding. The same is true for theology.
I stumbled over these propositions arisign from what the Pope said. I suspect that the mythos and logos understanding is important to an endeavour to pursue reconciliation from which to construct peace with justice.