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The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

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Synopsis:

The last book Joseph Campbell completed before his death, this wide-ranging collection grew from a series of lectures he delivered in San Francisco, which included a legendary symposium with astronaut Rusty Schweickart. Here he explores the Space Age and posits that the newly discovered laws of outer space are actually within us as well, and that a new mythology is implicit in that realization. Campbell explores this possibility in the concluding essay, "The Way of Art," where he demonstrates that metaphor is the language of art and argues that within the psyches of today's artists are the seeds of tomorrow's mythologies. Also included are Campbell's thoughts on mythology as a function of biology in "Myth and the Body" and his series of essays, "Metaphor as Myth and as Religion," where he presented for the first time a fundamental summary of his pioneering work in mythology and comparative religion.

Synopsis:

In these pages, beloved mythologist Joseph Campbell explores the Space Age. He posits that the newly discovered laws of outer space are actually within us as well, and that a new mythology is implicit in that realization. But what is this new mythology? How can we recognize it? Campbell explores these questions in the concluding essay, “The Way of Art,” in which he demonstrates that metaphor is the language of art and argues that within the psyches of todays artists are the seeds of tomorrows mythologies.

Campbell writes in his introduction: “My desire and great pleasure in the preparation of this little volume has been as rendering a return gift to the Graces for the transforming insights of these recent years, which...we have been testing out in a broadly shared spiritual adventure.”

About the Author

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) is widely credited with bringing mythology to a mass audience. His works, including the four-volume The Masks of God and The Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers), rank among the classics in mythology and literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781608681105
Author:
Campbell, Joseph
Publisher:
New World Library
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color illustrations, BandW photos and il
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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The last book Joseph Campbell completed before his death, this wide-ranging collection grew from a series of lectures he delivered in San Francisco, which included a legendary symposium with astronaut Rusty Schweickart. Here he explores the Space Age and posits that the newly discovered laws of outer space are actually within us as well, and that a new mythology is implicit in that realization. Campbell explores this possibility in the concluding essay, "The Way of Art," where he demonstrates that metaphor is the language of art and argues that within the psyches of today's artists are the seeds of tomorrow's mythologies. Also included are Campbell's thoughts on mythology as a function of biology in "Myth and the Body" and his series of essays, "Metaphor as Myth and as Religion," where he presented for the first time a fundamental summary of his pioneering work in mythology and comparative religion.
"Synopsis" by ,
In these pages, beloved mythologist Joseph Campbell explores the Space Age. He posits that the newly discovered laws of outer space are actually within us as well, and that a new mythology is implicit in that realization. But what is this new mythology? How can we recognize it? Campbell explores these questions in the concluding essay, “The Way of Art,” in which he demonstrates that metaphor is the language of art and argues that within the psyches of todays artists are the seeds of tomorrows mythologies.

Campbell writes in his introduction: “My desire and great pleasure in the preparation of this little volume has been as rendering a return gift to the Graces for the transforming insights of these recent years, which...we have been testing out in a broadly shared spiritual adventure.”

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