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Monstrosity and PhilosophyRadical Otherness in Greek and Latin Culture$
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Filippo Del Lucchese

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474456203

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456203.001.0001

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The Myth and the Logos

The Myth and the Logos

(p.8) 1 The Myth and the Logos
Monstrosity and Philosophy

Filippo Del Lucchese

Edinburgh University Press

This chaper explores the question of monstrosity through the conflictual nature of the archaic and ancient mythology. Already in the early cosmogonies, monstrosity fights for alternative orders of being. Against them, normality is established through a long, painful, and challenging process in which, curiously, monstrosity is not only the principal enemy, but also one of the tools that paradoxically helps the mainstream forces to establish themselves. The material analysed in this chapter constitutes the ground to present the passage from myth to logos and to better understand the genealogy of two alternative visions of nature, i.e. materialism and idealism which, long before the great Attic systematisations, divide the field of pre-Platonic philosophy.

Keywords:   Myth, Logos, Tragedy, Cosmogony, Theology, Theogony, Theomachy, Order, Chaos

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