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On a mutual relation between myth and art as symbolic forms of life

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2009, 30(), pp.167-188
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Published : December 30, 2009

Jung-Hee Chu 1

1건국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

We infinitely meet the myth in our life. As Ernst Cassirer made mention in the end of his work The Myth of the State, a myth is in a sense invulnerable. According to Andreas Graeser, Cassirer is one of a few of philosopher who truly accepted the myth. These thesis deals with Cassirer’s understanding of symbolic forms, of myth as a becoming world and of a mutual relation between myth and art as life’s symbolic forms. Above all on the side of these mutual relation, it focuses on mythical thinking and mythical formation process and artistic thinking and artwork around Johann Wolfgang von Goethe(1749-1832). Cassirer understood myth as a symbolic form just like language, art, philosophy and religion. Symbolic forms are every powers of spirit that make symbolic contents from simple sense-contents and cognitive-contents in connection between our consciousness and our life. As in considering of another symbolic forms, Cassirer also sees that myth has a own’s inner form and he observes myth’s functions in the community of men. The myth has bound up in life rather than any other symbolic forms. When it is found as the form of fundamental life and every moment of the symbolic activity is natural and right, symbolic process is in itself truth process. Here an insight into becoming of myth is beyond our grasp in temporal sense. Like the myth at mythical intuition, artistic activity too begins at a pure intuition of life. Seeing into the fundamental phenomenon of life, Artists in process of shapes are faced by the limit of life at which they feel awe or tremble with fear and gain an insight into the ideas. When artists grasp the becoming in pure intuition and embodies it sensibly, the life is inseparable from the form in them. Also Cassirer sees that symbolic forms are related with one another. So he pays attention to mutual relation of symbolic forms. Passing through ways of life, each myth and art is the symbolic form that grasps the ideas of the becoming.

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