demythologization


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de·my·thol·o·gize

 (dē′mĭ-thŏl′ə-jīz′)
tr.v. de·my·thol·o·gized, de·my·thol·o·giz·ing, de·my·thol·o·giz·es
1. To rid of mythological elements in order to discover the underlying meaning: demythologize biblical legends.
2. To remove the mysterious or mythical aspects from: "providing an antiheroic age with heroes suitably demythologized, yet also grand" (John Simon).

de′my·thol′o·gi·za′tion (-jĭ-zā′shən) n.
de′my·thol′o·giz′er n.
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Noun1.demythologization - the restatement of a message (as a religious one) in rational terms
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
restatement - a revised statement
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While Peterson himself provides evolutionary explanations for human religious traditions, there is no spirit of condescension, debunking, or demythologization.
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In crafting the Ballad, Chesterton aimed to foster a renaissance of legend in an age given to demythologization, and the response of the critical establishment shows that this provocative bolt found its target.
Such would seem to be the necessary consequence of the apparent progress of Milesian philosophy's demythologization of prephilosophical theogonies like Hesiod's.
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As a philosopher Habermass has described his approach as a methodological atheism, by which he means a kind of experiment in radical demythologization whose outcome remains open.
Nonetheless the initial paralysis remains a crux for Hartman, and his reading of it crystallizes impasses that recur throughout his oeuvre: the inhuman costs of humanization and demythologization as the most recalcitrant of myths.
Granted, there are clearly vital differences between the two thinkers; it's difficult to imagine Kierkegaard enthused about Bultmann's programme of demythologization, for instance.
While such demythologization is perfectly valid, even necessary, to constructing modern forms of Buddhism, and while an intuition of such effects may well have provided inspiration for the original mythology, the interest here is in the mythology itself.
In addition to the axiom of segregating communication, of informing in relation to the object (message), it may be stated as an axiom a Magoroh Maruyama's contribution to the demythologization of information.