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ΑΙΤΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ : mythe et procédure étiologique

Abstract : Contemporary discourse generally represents etiology as a «search for causes» that shares its goals with scientific history without reaching its results. An examination of the discursive practices of ancient authors demonstrates that etiology is not exactly a frame of thought, but rather rests upon a specific narrative mechanism that connects two complementary components through an identification process. Etiology, which works because of the co-presence of these two components, does not set out to search a univocal cause to a ritual or a name, but builds a present and a past which exist as mirrors to each other. Etiology is a semiology which rests upon a principle of authority, rather than upon a reference to reality.
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Charles Delattre. ΑΙΤΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ : mythe et procédure étiologique. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2009, N.S.7, pp.285-310. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.2490⟩. ⟨halshs-02090775⟩



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