Universitatea București, Facultatea de Litere / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Letters
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Consensus and Value (About the Paradoxes of the Canonic Idea)
The paper tries to raise some issues of a philosophical nature, pertaining to the idea of literary canon. The history of the canon is usually presented in one of two ways: either the canon is depicted as the result of social negotiation (the consensual explanation), or as the true reflection of a stable history of the permanent values of a culture (otherwise known as the best that has been thought and said”). I argue that there are problems with each and that none is entirely true by itself alone, concluding that the consensual explanation is probably a more useful way of looking at cultural history.
Keywords: consensus, value, canon, value judgement, aesthetics, sociological hermeneutics
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