Mythos and Logos.
How to Regain the Love of Wisdom.
ANDERSON, Albert A., HICKS, Steven V. and Lech WITKOWSKI (Eds.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2004, XIX, 268 pp.
Value Inquiry Book Series 155
“This is a valuable book, jam-packed with learning and insight, cosmopolitan in scope, timely yet classically anchored. An achievement of intellectual beauty. This is how I like to see philosophy conducted.”
Director, The International Center for the Arts, Humanities, and Value Inquiry.
This book contains fifteen essays all seeking to regain the original meaning of philosophy as the love of wisdom. Mythos and Logos are two essential aspects of a quest that began with the ancient Greeks. As concepts fundamental to human experience, Mythos and Logos continue to guide the search for truth in the twenty-first century.
Editorial Introduction: Loving Wisdom by Albert Anderson, Steven V. Hicks, and Lech Witkowski
Section 1: Mythos, Logos, and Atopia: Philosophy as Disruptive Wisdom
ONE Steven V. HICKS and Alan ROSENBERG: Philosophy as Atopos: Disruptive Wisdom as a Way of Life
TWO Charles E. SCOTT: Helen, Heidegger, and the Wisdom of Nemesis
THREE David KONSTAN: Parrhesia: Ancient Philosophy in Opposition
FOUR Steven V. HICKS and Alan ROSENBERG: The Figural Dimension of Nietzsche's Thought
Section 2: Aesthetic and Psychological Perspectives
FIVE Albert A. ANDERSON: Mythos, Logos, and Telos: How to Regain the Love of Wisdom
SIX Joel BECK: Bearing Insight: Anxious Wisdom
SEVEN Kyoo E. LEE: Poetics of Philosophical Somnambulism: A Case of Descartes the Olympian Dreamer
EIGHT Bret W. DAVIS: A Socrates Who Practices Music: The Dynamic Intertwining of Mythos and Logos: Art and Science in Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy
NINE Victor J. KREBS: "Descending into Primaeval Chaos": Philosophy, the Body, and the Pygmalionic Impulse
Section 3: Ancient Wisdom and Its Modern Shapes
TEN William Andrew MYERS: Heraclitus' Logos as a Paradigm of the Human Universal
ELEVEN Wladyslaw Strózewski: Logos and Mythos
TWELVE Paul C. SANTILLI and Kristine S. SANTILLI: On the Strange Relation between Heroic Socrates and Wise Achilles
Section 4: Social Cultural, and Religious Visions of Wisdom
THIRTEEN Franklin PERKINS: Wisdom in Mengzi: Between Self and Nature
FOURTEEN Daniel E. SHANNON: Schelling's Philosophy of Mythology: The Value of Myth to Philosophy
FIFTEEN Keping WANG: Zhuangzi’s Way of Thinking through Fables
About the Contributors
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
ALBERT A. ANDERSON is professor of philosophy and Murata Professor of Ethics at Babson College. Scholarly work centers on ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and Greek Philosophy. Editions Rodopi published his book, Universal Justice: A Dialectical Approach, as part of its Value Inquiry Book Series in 1997. Current projects include revising translations of Plato’s dialogues from Greek and adapting them for dramatic performance, including unabridged paperback and audio versions of Plato’s Republic, Gorgias, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Ion, and Meno. Other scholarship includes a translation from French of Mikel Dufrenne’s The Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience and approximately 80 articles and papers on a variety of philosophical topics. He is president of Agora Publications, which specializes in translating and adapting classical philosophical texts into contemporary American English. From 1996 to 2001, he served as president and was a founding member of the International Society for Universal Dialogue, established in Warsaw, Poland, in 1989.
JOEL BECK received his doctorate from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, where he studied with Hannah Arendt, David Grene, and Bruno Bettelheim. He is currently a faculty member, training analyst, and senior supervisor at the Training Institute for Mental Health and maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis in Manhattan. His most recent publication is “Lost in Thought,” in The Vitality of Objects: Essays on the Work of Christopher Bollas. Dr. Beck has published papers on psychoanalysis, political thought, and philosophy and is completing a manuscript on the relationship between hermeneutical phenomenology and psychoanalysis.
BRET W. DAVIS received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and has also completed the coursework for a second Ph.D. in Japanese philosophy at Kyoto University. He is presently at Kyoto University on a postdoctoral research fellowship sponsored by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. He has published a number of articles on continental, Buddhist, and Japanese philosophy in both English and Japanese, and has a book forthcoming from Northwestern University Press entitled Heidegger and the Will: On the Way to Gelassenheit.
STEVEN V. HICKS is professor and chair of philosophy at Queens College of the City University of New York. He is the author of International Law and the Possibility of a Just World Order and has written numerous articles on G. W. F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche. He is editor of the special book series Universal Justice of the Value Inquiry Book Series and is currently a member of the board of editorial consultants for the History of Philosophy Quarterly.
DAVID KONSTAN received his B.A. in mathematics and his Ph.D. in classics at Columbia University. He is currently the John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and the Humanistic Tradition, and professor of comparative literature, at Brown University. Among his books are Greek Comedy and Ideology (1995), Friendship in the Classical World (1997), and Pity Transformed (2001). He has translated two volumes of ancient Greek commentaries on Aristotle, and published also on Roman comedy and the ancient novel. He is currently working on a book on the emotions of the ancient Greeks.
VICTOR J. KREBS received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and is professor and chair of the philosophy department at Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela. He works in Wittgenstein, Cavell, aesthetics, and depth psychology. Recent publications include: “The Subtle Body of Language and the Lost Sense of Philosophy” (Philosophical Investigations, 2000), “‘Around the Axis of Our Real Need’: The Ethical Point of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy” (European Journal of Philosophy, 2001), and “Sobre la importancia de ver aspectos en Wittgenstein,” in Del espejo a las herramientas, ed. R. Meléndez, M. Holguín, and A. Flórez (Bogotá, 2002). He is editor of Revista Venezolana de Filosofía and editor and translator of Stanley Cavell: El seminario de Caracas (forthcoming).
KYOO E. LEE, interdisciplinary and transcultural reader of the humanities, has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Warwick University, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in English at London University, while teaching philosophy at Memphis University as a visiting assistant professor (Spring 2003). She focuses on continental philosophy, literary criticism, cultural studies, and translation, specializing in René Descartes, Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man and European Romantic poets. Her other publications concern Emmanuel Levinas and Mikhail Bakhtin on ethics, Derrida and Sigmund Freud on melancholia, Cartesian madness, Søren Kierkegaard, Derridian multilingualism, body aesthetics in contemporary Korean poetry, and silence.
WILLIAM ANDREW MYERS is professor of philosophy and current holder of the Sister Mona Riley Endowed Chair in Humanities at the College of St. Catherine, where he has taught since 1980.
FRANKLIN PERKINS received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and has taught at Vassar College, Foreign Affairs College (Beijing), and HeHai University (Nanjing). He is currently assistant professor of philosophy at DePaul University, working in comparative philosophy, Chinese philosophy, and early modern European philosophy. His articles have appeared in the Journal of the History of Ideas, the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, and the Leibniz Review. He is the author of Leibniz and China: A Commerce of Light, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
ALAN ROSENBERG is associate professor of philosophy at Queens College of the City University of New York. He has co-edited numerous books, including Echoes from the Holocaust: Philosophical Reflections on a Dark Time, Healing Their Wounds: Psychotherapy and Holocaust Survivors, Contemporary Portrayals of Auschwitz: Philosophical Challenges, and Foucault and Heidegger: Critical Encounters.
KRISTINE S. SANTILLI is an associate professor of English at Russell Sage College. Her book, Poetic Gesture—Myth: Wallace Stevens and the Motions of Poetic Language, has recently been published by Routledge (2002). She is also a published poet.
PAUL C. SANTILLI is a professor of philosophy at Siena College. He has authored many papers and articles on moral philosophy, ancient philosophy, and film theory. His most recent publication is “The Truth about False Witnesses in Kieslowski’s Decalogue II and VIII,” forthcoming in Film and Philosophy.
CHARLES E. SCOTT is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. His most recent books include The Time of Memory and The Lives of Things.
DANIEL E. SHANNON is an associate professor of philosophy at DePauw University. His expertise is in nineteenth-century continental philosophy, especially the German idealists. One of his recent publications is a translation and commentary of a selection from G. W. F. Hegel’s Phenomenology: Spirit, Chapter Six of Hegel’s Phenomenology (Hackett, 2001). He is currently working on a translation with commentary of the opening chapters of Hegel’s Phenomenology, as well as completing a monograph: Hegel’s Science of Experience: A Transcendental History of Consciousness.
WLADYSLAW STRÓZEWSKI is president of the Polish Philosophical society, ordinary professor and doctor honoris causa of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, former Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian Unviersity, historian of philosophy, and author of numerous books on ontology, axiology, and aesthetics.
KEPING WANG received his M.A. from the University of Canberra and his Ph.D. from Beijing Normal University. He is professor and associate director of the Institute for Transcultural Studies, Beijing 2nd Foreign Languages University. He is holder of the British Academy K. C. Wong Fellowship (2000) and visiting fellow of St. Anne’s College, Oxford University. Main academic interests include Western and Chinese aesthetics, and philosophy of culture. Major publications include Sightseeing as an Aesthetic Activity (1992), The Classic of the Dao: A New Investigation (1998), Sino-Occidental Aesthetic Cultures (2000), Towards Transcultural Aesthetics (2002), and “Wang Guowei’s Philosophy of Aesthetic Criticism,” in Contemporary Chinese Philosophy, ed. C. Y. Cheng and N. Bunnin (Blackwell, 2002).
LECH WITKOWSKI is former president of the International Society for Universal Dialogue, and ordinary professor holding the chair of theory of education and culture in the department of public affairs, faculty of management and communication, Jagiellonian University in Cracow. He is former dean of the faculty of humanities, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, and he writes books on epistemology, semiotics, psychoanalysis, and cultural and educational studies.
The publication of “Mythos” and “Logos”: How to Regain the Love of Wisdom marks the eleventh anniversary of Universal Justice, a special series of the Value Inquiry Book Series. Founded by Michael H. Mitias, Universal Justice is a book series dedicated to the philosophical study of global problems in the spheres of justice, international relations, ecology, technology, business and commerce, education, religion, the arts and sciences, nuclear deterrence, and conflict resolution. Since its inception in 1992, Universal Justice has been closely associated with its cosponsoring organization, the International Society for Universal Dialogue (ISUD). Several original monographs written by ISUD members have already appeared in the Universal Justice series and have fostered serious international dialogue on a variety of topics vital to our emerging global culture. However, “Mythos” and “Logos”: How to Regain the Love of Wisdom is the first collective volume to appear in the Universal Justice series in which a variety of ISUD scholars from around the world have collaborated to explore a single theme: the connection between the ancient concepts of mythos and logos in the pursuit of wisdom. Internationally renowned philosophers have contributed some of the essays included here, while young emerging scholars have contributed others. Some of the essays focus primarily on Western philosophical sources, while others draw their inspiration primarily from non-Western sources. Collectively, the essays included here offer a rich variety of perspectives, which enlist both mythos and logos in an attempt to help us regain the love of wisdom. Support for editing and proofreading the papers in this volume comes from the ISUD and from the estate of the late Jens A. B. Jacobsen. Ronald A. Waite’s editorial suggestions and proofreading were an important part of the preparation of this manuscript.
Steven V. Hicks
Associate Editor, Value Inquiry Book Series
Series Editor, Universal Justice