Pablo Wright and César Ceriani Cernadas

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This article explores through an anthropological viewpoint the dimensions of myth analyzed by Mircea Eliade, placing them within the hermeneutic field, as it was proposed by Paul Ricoeur. In his reading of the process of symbol production and interpretation, Ricoeur identified two main perspectives to assess that process. On the one hand, revelation, is showed in Eliade, van der Leeuw and R. Otto’s phenomenology of religion; on the other, suspicion, is expressed by the work of Marx, Freud and Nietzsche. The paper suggests that a middle path between the two poles of interpretation is useful to assess Eliade´s work. In addition, the fact that both authors are considered as thinkers of modernity within the Western philosophical tradition, allow viewing how the latter treated the question of myths and the sacred. Its is argued that both Eliade and Ricoeur, each one with his own agenda, developed interesting conceptual tools to approach the mythic and the sacred not only in the modern society but in the intercultural context as well.

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César Ceriani Cernadas holds a licentiate in Anthropology from the University of Buenos Aires and is currently a Graduate Student in the Department of Anthropology at the School of Philosophy and Letters of that University. He is a fellow of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET) and has carried out anthropological research in Adventism and Toba Mormonism, focusing in the links between ideology, utopia, and history from an anthropological viewpoint.

Pablo Wright has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Temple University and currently is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology of the School of Philosophy and Letters at the University of Buenos Aires. He is also Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET), and directs a research project to study religious heterodoxy in Argentina. He carried out research in symbolism, cognition, and religion among the Argentine Chaco Toba people.

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