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1. The Platonic Drama—Two elements to be distinguished in it: Argumentative

Conversation and Myth

Pages 1.4

2. General remarks on kvoodoyla, or Story-telling- Primitive Story-telling

described as åvOpwroloyla kał swoloria-Stories, or Myths, are (1) Simply

Anthropological and Zoological ; (2) Aetiological ; (3) Eschatological-A

Myth, as distinguished from an Allegory, has no Moral or Other-



3, Plato's Myths distinguished from Allegories—To what experience, to what

Part of the Soul," does the Platonic Myth appeal? To that part which

expresses itself, not in “theoretic judgments,” but in "value-judgments,"
or rather “value-feelings”—The effect produced in us by the Platonic
Myth is essentially that produced by Poetry ; “Transcendental Feeling,"
the sense of the overshadowing presence of “That which was, and is, and
ever shall be,” is awakened in us—Passages from the Poets, quoted to
exemplify the production of this effect .


4. “Transcendental Feeling" explained genetically as the reflection in Conscious-

ness of the Life of the “ Vegetative Part of the Soul," the fundamental

principle in us, and in all living creatures, which silently, in timeless

sleep, makes the assumption on which the whole rational life of Conduct

and Science rests, the assumption that “Life is worth living,” that there is

a Cosmos, in which, and of which, it is good to be—“Transcendental

Feeling" is thus Solemn Sense of Timeless Being, and Conviction that

Life is good, and is the beginning and end of Metaphysics—It is with the

production of the first of these two phases of “Transcendental Feeling"

that the Platonic Myth, and Poetry generally, are chiefly concerned

The Platonic Myth rouses and regulates this mode of “Transcendental

Feeling” for the use of Conduct and Science


5. The Platonic Myth rouses and regulates “Transcendental Feeling" by

(1) Imaginative Representation of Ideas of Reason,” and (2) Imaginative

Deduction of "Categories of the Understanding” and “Moral Virtues”

-- Distinction between “ Ideas” and “Categories ” implicit in Plato-

Kant's distinction explained--Why does Plato employ Myth when he

represents” Ideas of Reason, Soul, Cosmos, God, and when he

"deduces ” Categories of the Understanding and Moral Virtues ? 42-51

6. Plato's treatment of the “Idea of God


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