By Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Von Schelling, Mason Richey, Markus Zisselsberger
Appearing in English for the 1st time, Schelling's 1842 lectures enhance the concept many philosophical strategies are born of religious-mythological notions.
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This occurred when it was said of them that they are not actual gods but only men represented and imagined as gods. b “Because this opinion is not introduced through an organization or through custom or law, but rather is met with in advance in all humans, gods must exist”: thusly concluded Epicurus,c more prudent herein than some who come later [XI 28]. This also highlights how unfitting it is when some, in Christian times, indeed in our times, who do not believe in actual gods but perhaps believe in quite a few other things, at least in part purport to be able to apply the eumeritic explanation.
For the result, however it may turn out, would always relate only to the origin and establish nothing about how the gods are to be understood with the poets or vis-à-vis pure artworks. For even those who see in the myths some sort of scientific meaning (for example a physical, natural one) do not want or claim that one thinks of just this meaning in the case of the poets also, and for this reason: as in general the danger does not seem great that in our time—extensively learned about everything aesthetic, and at least better learned than about quite a few other things— still many could be inclined to spoil Homer for themselves through such ancillary ideas.
And, for this reason, only the prima materia comes into consideration in all cases. As is known, the word comes to us from the Greeks; for them it designated in the broadest sense the whole of their own particular tales,5 legends and stories, which in general go beyond6 historical time. However, one quickly distinguishes two very different components in the whole. For some of those legends and fables do transcend historical time, yet remain in the pre-historical; that is, they still contain acts and events of a human race, albeit one superior to the talented and well-disposed [geartet] race now living.
Historical-critical introduction to the philosophy of mythology by Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Von Schelling, Mason Richey, Markus Zisselsberger