The Master-Myth of Modern Society: A Sketch of the Scientific Worldview and its Psycho-Social Effects
- Publish Date: 2000-01-10
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Marian G. Kinget
The Master-Myth of Modern Society extends the late Dr. Kinget's life work as professor, psychotherapist, and author. Defining myth as a perennial psycho-social phenomenon that expresses an internal compulsion towards understanding the unknown, Kinget, one of the original humanistic psychologists, argues that the rhetoric, ideology, and mystique surrounding modern science constitutes the master-myth of our times. She evaluates science as myth in terms of both its beneficial effects and its debilitating qualities. Along these lines, Kinget views the notion of objectivity as an essential element of this myth, noting that the questions we ask and the answers we seek are constantly being reconstructed according to spiritual need. With a bibliography of time-honored authors, this short work can serve as a springboard for further exploration of human beings' traditional and modern mentality as expressed in myths, society, religion, and psychological queries. Relevant for understanding contemporary society, this book will be of value to students of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and integrated social sciences.