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Mythological Understanding of Space and Time

(Original title: Mytologické chápanie priestoru a času)
Filozofia, 36 (1981), 4, 393-408.
Type of work: Papers - Philosophical Problems of Natural Sciences
Publication language: Slovak
Mythologie consciousness represented a complex expression of syncretic social consciousness of the Primitive society. The sources of the forming of the mythologie conception of the world were gnoseologic and social ones — a low grade of the development of the social practice determined by the grade and form of knowing the reality. Space and time notions were important components of apprehending this differentiation of reality in the mythologie conception of the world. These notions were organic components of the inner anthropo-and-sociocentrical and anthropo-and-sociomorphical approach to reality. They expressed in a specific way the aspects of dishomogeneity and anisotropy and relativity of the mythologie conception of the world. These qualities in the unity formed specific situational space. In the myths foundations of the view on continuity and discontinuity of space were formed. The acceptance of the limitation of the world was characteristic of space notions. Time notions also were connected with practical activity of the collective. On the whole two basic attitudes were formed: cyclic and static conceptions of time. In both the basic aspects of time differentiation such as dishomogeneity and relativity were formed.
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