Mythological Consciousness as a Form of Social Consciousness




mythological consciousness, myth, archetype, mentality, symbol, image, value, demythologisation, form, concentration point


The main purpose of the article is to explain the actual role of mythological consciousness in the mod- ern spiritual life of society, thereby overcoming the generally sceptical, if not negative, attitude towards mythologisation in modern social science.

The subject of the article is nature and forms of mythological consciousness. The authors? premise is

that rather than being a collection of myths, mythological consciousness is an independent way of spiritual penetration into the world, the transformation of the sensually perceivable and the sign-symbolical reality into an inseparable whole. Mythological consciousness is interpreted as an immanent component of social consciousness. A special role is assigned to the centres of mythological consciousness, in which its nature is encoded. Mythologemes, archetypes and mentality are kinds of a link between social consciousness and social unconsciousness.

By revealing the mythological nature of ideas, values, images, symbols, and signs as unavoidable forms through which worldview mindsets and conceptual pillars of modern science are formed, we find ways to unleash their true intellectual and spiritual potential.

The final result of the article is the validity of the statement that the ideological structure of modern so- cial thought is its mythological component.


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Author Biographies

Valery MALAKHOV, Moscow University of the MIA of Russia,

PhD, Doctor of Science in Jurisprudence, Professor at the Department of Theory of State and Law at Moscow University of the MIA of Russia, named after V.Ya. Kikot’, Moscow, Russia. His areas of interest include methodology and logic of knowledge and understanding of the law, theory of legal consciousness, mythologization in legal theory, legal cultures. Malakhov is the author of 20 monographs and 87 scientific articles. Recent publications: “Myths of Modern General Legal Theory”; “Methodological Thinking in the Knowledge and Understanding of Law”; “Theory of Legal Consciousness. Formation Experience”.

Konstantin SIGALOV, Lviv Polytechnic National University

PhD, Doctor of Science in Law, Professor at the Department of Theory and Philosophy of Law, Constitutional and International Law, Institute of Law, Psychology and Innovative Studies, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv, Ukraine. His areas of interest include philosophy, philosophy of law, Ancient East, law, ideas. Stepan Slyvka is the author of 80 scientific articles.

Galina LANOVAYA, Moscow University of the MIA of Russia named after V. Ya. Kikot’

PhD, Doctor of Science in Jurisprudence, Professor at the Department of Theory of State and Law at Moscow University of the MIA of Russia named after V. Ya. Kikot’, Moscow, Russia. Her areas of interest include modern law, modern state, interpretation of legal concepts, philosophy of law. Lanovaya is the author of 4 monographs and 71 scientific articles. Recent publications: “The Problem of Typologization of Modern Law”; “The Role of State Legal Regulation in the Legal System of Post-Industrial Society”; “Human Rights in the Modern World”.


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How to Cite

MALAKHOV, V., SIGALOV, K., & LANOVAYA, G. (2021). Mythological Consciousness as a Form of Social Consciousness. WISDOM, 20(4), 72–85.