Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding myth and myth as understanding: An interdisciplinary approach to mytho-logic narration
by Atwood, Sandra Bartlett, M.S., Utah State University, 2015, 109; 1586765
Abstract (Summary)

I wanted to see if there were points of overlap between the various accounts of creation found in folklore, philosophy and physics. In order to justify such a project, I initially considered literature from each of these disciplines regarding the necessity of interdisciplinary dialogue generally and specifically the need for both intuition and logic when considering how anything actually exists. Through my research and casual observation, I hypothesized that opposition seemed to be a universal characteristic of nature. I then looked at how each discipline has described fundamentally opposing pairs and created a list of primary features that those accounts had in common. Finally, I demonstrated (in my study The Symmetry of God) the utility of an interdisciplinary approach to myth by showing how science and philosophy can improve our understanding of myth and conversely how folklore (myth in particular) may suggest meaningful and potentially revolutionary relationships not yet considered by science.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mcneill, Lynne S.
Commitee: McGonagill, Gary, Sowder, Michael
School: Utah State University
Department: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
School Location: United States -- Utah
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Folklore, Metaphysics, Philosophy
Keywords: Binaries, Creation narratives, Interdisciplinary, Myth, Opposition, Symmetry
Publication Number: 1586765
ISBN: 978-1-321-69085-9
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