Myth was a form of truth for early Greek society. This initial conception of myth was not only considered a representation of art and poetry but also a form of culture and a source of knowledge. In this paper, I’ll argue that Plato’s attempt to reform the conception of myth was directed to represent more aspects of reality and at the same time promote understanding of its causality. Moreover, Plato’s reform included a reevaluation of the role of myth to prevent its usage in justification of good and evil, and transfer the moral responsibility of human action from the gods to humans themselves. Plato’s attempt shall not be taken as a suppression of the myth-making ability but as a natural step towards an ongoing cultural revolution of his times.
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Philosophy (CLA)
RIT – Main Campus
Alvarado Quispe, Johann, "Plato and the Re-formation of Myth in Greek Society" (2023). Accessed from
2023 recipient of the Henry and Mary Kearse Writing Award