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Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal…

Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation (edition 2004)

by Joseph Campbell, David Kudler

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Title:Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation
Authors:Joseph Campbell
Other authors:David Kudler
Info:New World Library (2004), Hardcover, 224 pages
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Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation by Joseph Campbell



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More of a self-help and psychology book than an anthropology book on myth, however it really clarifies the relationship of the individual psyche and the society to myth and folklore. I think far too many people study myth through a historical/anthropological/fiction lens rather than as a present psychological power. This book brings myth into the personal realm instead of the historical fairly well. I don't agree with some of his understandings of Jung however and I think he misrepresents a few of Jung's theories but it's not really important for the purpose of this book. ( )
  Chickenman | Sep 13, 2018 |
This book is classic Campbell, and more approachable than his officially authored books. “Pathways” is part of The Joseph Campbell Collection, a series of books edited together from various lectures, manuscripts, and articles over the course of two decades. It carries the engaging tones and rhythms of his lectures and is a fun and easy read.

I first picked up this book in hopes of finding a guide to practical guide to applying Campbell’s ideas. While the book offers very little of this, there are one or two short sections which offer a taste of just that. That, in addition to the insight that Campbell offers to understanding psychology, society, and the symbols of the soul, makes this and incredibly satisfying read. ( )
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Hate the title; love the book. ( )
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Traditionally, the first function of a living mythology is to reconcile consciousness to the preconditions of its own existence; that is to say, to the nature of life.
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