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The Changing Guise of Myths

Philosophical Essays


Andrzej Leder

Each of us, waking in the morning, has to open the world we have woken into. We have to endow meaning to people, objects and tasks, have to secure a place in the chaos of time passing. When opening their eyes during the palpable reality of a dream, a person will dream beyond the dream, will carry over meanings and experiences from one sphere to another. The author of these collected essays puts various strategies under the microscope which we deploy to make the world material, analyzing the mythical structures we use for this purpose – interpreting anew their changing guise in the contemporary. Being witness to the changing material desert of post-Soviet Eastern Europe transforming into the over-saturated jungle of modern capitalism, he offers a unique window into the seemingly obvious – only to unveil its manifold human aspects of the hidden.


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image: © Justyna Kowalska-Leder Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Leder, Andrzej. The changing guise of myths : philosophical essays / Andrzej Leder. — Edition 1. pages cm. — (Modernity in question. Studies in philosophy, sociology and history of ideas, ISSN 2193-3421 ; volume 1) ISBN 978-3-631-63225-3 (print) — ISBN 978-3-653-03596-4 (e-Book) 1. Europe, Eastern—History—1989- 2. Myth—Social aspects—Europe, Eastern. 3. Post-communism—Social aspects—Europe, Eastern. 4. Capitalism—Europe, Eastern. 5. Social change—Europe, Eastern. 6. Self-perception—Europe, Eastern. I. Title. DJK51.L435 2013 947.0009'051—dc23 2013030184 ISSN 2193-3421 ISBN 978-3-631-63225-3 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03596-4 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03596-4 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. PL Academic Research is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems.

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