Links and Resources
- Philosophy and myth ABC RadioNational (Australia) podcast; Tae-Yeoun Keum, Plato and the Mythic Tradition in Political Thought - Amazon preview of book
- LRB Great Replacement Theory
- The Radical Imagination in Reactionary Times
- Memory Wars Podcast
- How did Joseph Goebbels's use of propaganda and terror aid Adolf Hitler's campaign for chancellor?
- Roots of Nazi Ideology
- The Myth Of American Exceptionalism
- American Exceptionalism as Part of Myth America
- Tocqueville (discussed on BBC’s “In our Team”)
- Myth-Religion-Fascism… The Recipe for Right-Wing Politics
- How Nations Make Up National Identities | NYT - The Interpreter
- Keynote Lecture by Diana Mishkova - Part 1
- Keynote Lecture by Diana Mishkova - Part 2
- Keynote Lecture by Diana Mishkova - Part 3
These videos are parts 1 to 3 of a keynote lecture by Diana Mishkova titled “The Perenniality of Myth-making and Myth-breaking,” presented at the "Myth-Making and Myth-Breaking in History and the Humanities" International Conference at the University of Bucharest on 7-8 October 2011. The lecture delves into the continuous process of creating and debunking myths in the realms of history and humanities.
Everyday, Literary, and Deep Myths: Understanding the Three Faces of Myth
Myths, as stories and beliefs, play a significant role in our lives, and they come in various forms.
1. Everyday Myths:
These are the common and recognizable beliefs that influence our daily choices. While they may lack the fantastical elements of literary myths, they wield significant influence over our actions. Examples of everyday myths include the misconceptions that procrastination will help you do your best work, that eating sugar makes you hyperactive, that cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis, that you can catch a cold from being cold, and that listening to classical music makes you smarter.
2. Literary Myths:
These are the traditional narratives filled with gods, heroes, and magical elements. They have captivated human imaginations for centuries and continue to do so. Examples of literary myths encompass renowned narratives like the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible, the Greek myth of Pandora's box, the Japanese myth of the three sacred treasures, the Native American myth of Coyote, and the enduring tales of the Arthurian legends.
3. Deep Myths:
Examples of deep myths include influential beliefs like American exceptionalism, the idea that the United States holds a unique and superior role in the world, the disturbing notion of Nazi Aryan superiority, which propagated a false and harmful racial hierarchy, the enduring myth of the "self-made man" suggesting that individual success is solely determined by personal effort, the pervasive belief in meritocracy, where success is thought to be purely based on one's merits, often overlooking systemic advantages or disadvantages, the concept of manifest destiny, the belief that expansion and dominance were inevitable and divinely ordained in the growth of the United States, and the myth of nationalism, which often portrays one's own nation as inherently superior to others, contributing to conflicts and ethnocentrism on a global scale. These deep myths underlie and shape societal values and worldviews in significant ways.
- Plato - Complete Works (John Cooper ed)
- René Descartes (1596–1650)
- Nagel - What is like to be a Bat (1974)
- Social Epistemology Book chapter. "SOCIAL EPISTEMOLOGY" by WILLIAM D. ROWLEY explores how social interactions shape our beliefs and knowledge, emphasizing human interdependence, truth's role, and the epistemology of testimony and peer disagreement. It underscores the importance of discerning when and why to trust others. This chapter is part of a book entitled "Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology" by authors Guy Axtell; Brian C. Barnett; Todd R. Long; Jonathan Lopez; Daniel Massey; Monica C. Poole; William D. Rowley; K. S. Sangeetha; Brian C. Barnett (Book Editor); and Christina Hendricks (Series Editor).
- Feminist epistemologies Book Chapter
The Gospel of Mary may be considered a significant early text of feminist epistemology that challenges patriarchal authority and emphasizes inner spiritual experience, regardless of gender.
Berkeley professor explains gender theory | Judith Butler
In this video, Professor Judith Butler from UC Berkeley provides an insightful explanation into gender theory, shedding light on various concepts and societal implications.
Butler emphasizes the intertwining of gender issues and democracy, advocating for lives free from discrimination or violence. She distinguishes between medically assigned sex and culturally influenced gender. Inspired by 1960s movements, Butler's activism began in high school, extending into gender discourse during the 1970s and 1980s. The video explores various feminist ideologies, Butler's opposition to some, and discusses influences like Simone de Beauvoir and Gayle Rubin on gender theory. It also delves into the concept of performative acts, the influence of psychoanalysis on gender conformity, and advocates for inclusive language evolution to promote equality, justice, and redefined democratic ideals.
- Epistemic Authority, Autonomy, and Humility 2019 PhD thesis. Dylan Mirek Popowicz's PhD dissertation from the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE titled "Epistemic Authority, Autonomy, and Humility" delves into our epistemic reliance on authorities. It suggests that epistemic authority is rooted in one's superior ability to engage in specific epistemic practices, rather than just holding true beliefs. The work also highlights the importance of epistemic humility in successful epistemic relationships.
- Folder with several articles on intellectual autonomy and ethics
- Nudge theory wikipedia 24SEPT2023
- Robin McKenna - On Panpsychist podcast discussing “changing minds”
- Nudging Class
- Karen Frost-Arnold's book - "Who should we be online - A social epistemology of the internet"
- Two previews of the book (The Amazon preview displays more pages) Who Should We Be Online? - Amazon; Who Should We Be Online? - Google Books
- Who should we be online - Karen Frost-Arnold - New books network podcast