I was first introduced to this guy in a mythology class and I was instantly enthralled. Campbell follows yesterdays myths and points out how much many of our stories are influenced by world mythology today. Specifically he talks about heroes and themes. If you are a superhero fan, he even touches on myths that influenced characters like superman.
The format is that of an interview, where Campbell is asked questions that lead deeper and deeper into discussion. The six parts build on the information of the previous, but the information isn't and overload to the beginners mind.
I highly recommend this listen for anyone who has ever wondered, 'Hey, I wonder how people come up with these ideas.' It's fascinating to trace the influence on The Lord of the Rings and the graphic novel hero.
I have enjoyed this series several time in the past and was happy to listen again. Joseph Campbell has wonderful insight into the human experience. He helps the listener see how all religions and people are interconnected. He reminds us that we need to follow our bliss and discover our path in the world. Bill Moyers understanding of Joseph Cambell's work makes for an exceptional interview.
Actually listening to the man himself, not a a boring noratter with no expression and passion behind their story.
How to learn to love your enemy.
They're all my favourite. You can't compare them and and on and on what criteria & basis?
This book is a series of interviews in conversation form. The interviews are deeply spiritual, but with no religious dogma. They are sort of a guided tour of human experience and the meaning of life. Big ideas and profound feelings are described simply, by way of example through myths from all over the world. Joseph Campbell has lots of ideas about how we can live more fulfilling lives, and how society in general can be improved through myth. I expect almost everyone can find something meaningful and enjoyable in this work.
Simple wonderful interview and pontification by Joseph Campbell. My world view is expanded. Recommend this to anyone. Never boring, amazing!
A charming series of interviews of Joseph Campbell, but I can't quite recommend it to anyone who already knows of and loves his work. Compared to one of his lecture series, it's dissatisfyingly meandering and lightweight. For those who are curious about his work, I suppose this might be a friendly way to sample it, although I also found it was a little disjoint and wandering, like a typical NPR article. Again, you're better off just diving into one of his lecture series.
Having said that, I'll add that Joseph Campbell should be required study for everyone. This material covers basic human psychology in broad strokes, rolled up with the history of religion -- the one topic above all where some perspective and self-awareness is desperately needed. So, if this chatty series sparks your interest, wonderful!
Hey, whatever you can absorb from Joseph Campbell is worth ten times as much. Realizing that the interpretation of events and stories in the past was done through medifore can help you figure out more things in life. You'll see the basis of many things, stories, movies, and our own actions that come from this base. Perhaps redone in a more modern remake will make this more pleasing to the newbie, but another one you should have under your belt if you don't already know what this is all about!
Professor Campell leaves the reader wanting a more profound insight regarding the human person's social, anthropological, and religious need for myth; instead we are left with, well, to use one of his anecdotes: "We don't have a Philosophy, or a Theology... we dance."
And dance he does.
Campbell jumps from one myth to another; dwelling in the fact of its existence and never going beyond to study its meaning, relevance, depth, or "power," making his bias towards Buddhism unblushingly obvious and uninteresting.
This work shows a surprising lack of objectivity coming from an academic. It is not so much a study of myth, the phenomenon, as a presentation of mostly Eastern myths infused with Buddhist world-views.