Mythology: “Icarus” .-


“I’m sorry for Icarus.” Draper

Mitología: “Ícaro”.-

08/05/2007 by Aquileana

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The Myth of the Fall of Icarus: In Greek mythology, Icarus was the son of the architect Daedalus, builder of the labyrinth of Crete. Both were locked in a Cretan tower by the island’s king, Minos. Daedalus devised a plan to escape and set to work to make wings for himself and his young son Icarus. When they were ready and prepared to escape. When both were ready to fly, Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too high because the heat of the sun would melt the wax, nor too low because the foam of the sea would wet the wings and could not fly. Here, again a principle of measurement, “the just mean”, which Aristotle was so supportive in his Nicomachean Ethics. They were close to Lebintos, and then the untimely Icarus rose more than he should. The sun melted the wax from Icarus’ wings and it fell into the sea.

Some lines of analysis of the myth of Icarus: The interpretation of this myth has connections with the Freudian concept of “sublimation”, if we link it with the creation of Daedalus, and the change of the instinctual object, of desire (“freedom”) by another object (“wax wings”). ). This “sublimated drive” would manifest itself in the flight and flight of the labyrinth.

The first part of the Icarus Myth by André Comte Sponville reveals the illusion of a concept of the self that comes mainly from Platonic idealism. The Banquet of Plato presents a dialectical journey towards intelligible love. However, Icarus creates his own wings, knowing is discovering and elevating is creating something new that did not pre-exist. Therefore, it is not the sky that makes flight possible, but rather it is the flight (the sublimation of desire) that creates the sky as a horizon of desire. The labyrinth of Knossos of the legend had no ceiling, the inside had its counterpart in an outside projected to the sky, which we could link with the Platonic eidetic world, with the beauty of Ideas and with freedom as a principle of artistic creation.

The only thing that Icarus can do is make wings to sublimate his desire to escape in a joyous flight that, in turn, is the creative flight of a sky that becomes the new and vast horizon of his desire. But that open and ideal sky is an effect, never cause. Icarus enjoys the flight until, inexorably, he falls. Now, the inevitable fall does not invalidate the flight as death does not invalidate life. I think this is the current legacy of this myth.

"La Caída de Ícaro" de Peter Gowy.-
“The Fall of Icarus” by Peter Gowy.-

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