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From Myth to Story: The Origins, Advancement and Breakdown of Grand Stories

(Original title: Od mýtu k story. Zrod, vzostup a pád veľkých príbehov)
Filozofia, 64 (2009), 1, 45-56.
Type of work: Reflections
Publication language: Slovak

The article deals with the breakdown of the co called „grand narratives“ and with processes that preceded it. The author focuses on the degradation of the traditional meaningful forms, such as myth and grand narrative, and their becoming a „story“. He offers a detailed examination of the essential characteristics of a story. He sees the particular forms of the codification of the world as related to following developments: the rise of grand narratives as related to the transition to linear alphabetical codes, while their transformation into a story as connected with the rise of technological images. He sees this transition as a negative phenomenon, since this shift of the focus of human activities on (technological) images resulted in a significant reduction of our freedom.


Story, Grand narrative, Myth, History, The objective, Ideal, Archetype

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