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Joseph J. Campbell (1904 – 1987) was an American mythologist, perhaps best known for his PBS miniseries, '''The Power of Myth,''' based on his book of the same name and another book titled ''The Hero with a Thousand Faces''.
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Joseph J. Campbell (1904 – 1987) was an [[American]] [[mythology|mythologist]], perhaps best known for his [[PBS]] miniseries, '''The Power of Myth,''' based on his [[book]] of the same name and another book titled ''The Hero with a Thousand Faces''.
  
 
==Personal Life==
 
==Personal Life==
  
Joseph Campbell was born in 1904 to a conservative, Catholic family in White Plains, New York. <ref>http://www.nybooks.com/articles/3846</ref> He remained a political conservative throughout his life. <ref>http://www.wisegeek.com/who-is-joseph-campbell.htm</ref> However, his books and other writings show him to have been an atheist as an adult. <ref>http://www.solvinglight.com/features/theserpentworshippers02.htm</ref> His books use questionable academic tactics and relativism in an attempt argue against the factual accuracy of Christian scripture. <ref>Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1973.</ref>
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Joseph Campbell was born in 1904 to a [[conservative]], [[Catholic]] family in White Plains, [[New York]]. <ref>http://www.nybooks.com/articles/3846</ref> He remained a political conservative throughout his life. <ref>http://www.wisegeek.com/who-is-joseph-campbell.htm</ref> However, his books and other writings show him to have been an [[atheist]] as an adult. <ref>http://www.solvinglight.com/features/theserpentworshippers02.htm</ref> His books use questionable academic tactics and [[relativism]] in an attempt argue against the factual accuracy of [[Christian]] [[scripture]]. <ref>Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1973.</ref>
  
 
In 1938, Joseph Campbell married Jean Erdman, to whom he remained married for the remainder of his life.
 
In 1938, Joseph Campbell married Jean Erdman, to whom he remained married for the remainder of his life.
  
He passed away due to esophageal cancer in 1987. <ref>http://www.nytimes.com/1987/11/02/obituaries/joseph-campbell-writer-known-for-his-scholarship-on-mythology.html</ref>
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He passed away due to esophageal [[cancer]] in 1987. <ref>http://www.nytimes.com/1987/11/02/obituaries/joseph-campbell-writer-known-for-his-scholarship-on-mythology.html</ref>
  
 
==Professional Life==
 
==Professional Life==

Latest revision as of 18:11, 24 April 2013

Joseph J. Campbell (1904 – 1987) was an American mythologist, perhaps best known for his PBS miniseries, The Power of Myth, based on his book of the same name and another book titled The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Personal Life

Joseph Campbell was born in 1904 to a conservative, Catholic family in White Plains, New York. [1] He remained a political conservative throughout his life. [2] However, his books and other writings show him to have been an atheist as an adult. [3] His books use questionable academic tactics and relativism in an attempt argue against the factual accuracy of Christian scripture. [4]

In 1938, Joseph Campbell married Jean Erdman, to whom he remained married for the remainder of his life.

He passed away due to esophageal cancer in 1987. [5]

Professional Life

Joseph Campbell wrote extensively on mythic structure, identifying themes and plot elements common to hundreds of myths from many different world cultures. Perhaps his most widely-read book, which is required reading in unviersities across the world, is The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In this book, he examines the "human impulse to create stories and images that, though they are clothed in the motifs of a particular time and place, draw nonetheless on universal, eternal themes."

He achieved widespread recognition with his PBS miniseries, "The Power of Myth."

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