A philosophy of political myth
Title: A philosophy of political myth
Author: BOTTICI, Chiara
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2004
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
In this dissertation Chiara Bottici argues for a philosophical understanding of political myth. Bottici demonstrates that myth is a process, one of continuous work on a basic narrative pattern that responds to a need for significance. Human beings need meaning in order to master the world they live in, but they also need significance in order to live in a world that is less indifferent to them. This is particularly true in the realm of politics. Political myths are narratives through which we orient ourselves, and act and feel about our political world. Bottici shows that in order to come to terms with contemporary phenomena, such as the clash between civilizations, we need a Copernican revolution in political philosophy. If we want to save reason, we need to look at it from the standpoint of myth.
LC Subject Heading: Myth; Communication in politics; Communication in politics; Language and languages -- Political aspects
Defence date: 23 June 2004; Examining board: Prof. Peter Wagner, EUI (Supervisor) ; Prof. Furio Cerutti (University of Florence)(External Co-Supervisor) ; Prof. Alessandro Pizzorno (Former EUI) ; Prof. Bo Stråth (EUI)
Published version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/7509
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