The Prometheus Myth: The Value and Consequence of Human Knowledge

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Essay #: 062232
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The Prometheus Myth: The Value and Consequence of Human Knowledge
The myth of Prometheus is particularly suited to analysis. This suitability may be explained as being two-fold: first, the myth is concerned with the origin of human knowledge – one of the most elementary of philosophic concerns; and second, the myth, due to its age, has evolved through many different cultures. These two considerations – the elementary concern and evolutionary nature – combine to create a myth that is powerfully revealing of the human mind in general, and the value and possible consequences of knowledge in different cultures, more specifically. In order to affect this two-fold analysis, two separate versions of the myth will be considered. The first version...
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.....The mysteries of Christianity took precedent over knowledge. Thus, while the value and consequences of knowledge are always important, different societies come to different conclusions. This conclusion is based largely on religion – if knowledge is the basis of a religion (as in the Greek), then knowledge will have profound consequences; conversely, if mystery and faith are the basis of a religion (as in the English), then knowledge cannot have such consequence.
Works Cited
Aeschylus. Prometheus Bound. New York: Oxford UP, 1975.
Bacon, Francis. “Prometheus, or the State of Man explained of an Over-Ruling Providence, and of Human Nature.” The Wisdom of the Ancients, XXVI. 1609. <http://ww.mlahanas.de/Greek/Texts/Bacon/AncientWisdom6.html”