Ariadne's clue : a guide to the symbols of humankind

by Anthony Stevens

Book, 1998



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London : Allen Lane, 1998.

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xii, 465 p.; 25 cm

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Symbolism is the most powerful and ancient means of communication available to humankind. For centuries people have expressed their preoccupations and concerns through symbolism in the form of myths, stories, religions, and dreams. The meaning of symbols has long been debated among philosophers, antiquarians, theologians, and, more recently, anthropologists and psychologists. In Ariadne's Clue, distinguished analyst and psychiatrist Anthony Stevens explores the nature of symbols and explains how and why we create the symbols we do.


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LibraryThing member GeraldLange
Stevens needs to take himself down a peg or two. Not a bad book, overall... -so long as you don't have to take it seriously. If you're researching the subject of symbology, skip this one until you've done some homework, or the arguments presented will do more harm than good.
Stevens tries to take on
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giants in the field of symbol-psychology, but fails to offer any plausible reasons for calling them down.
I'm not aware of a single valid argument that ever needed to clothe itself in arrogance for an effective presentation......My grammar might be bad, but you get the point.
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