According to vanguard study of Raymond Williams by 1976 we owe almost every substantial concept and institution of modern life to 19th century, such as democracy, culture, civilisation, education, humanism, art, even literature . In this presentation we add to that list the concept of classic. The semantic field of term “classic” in various European languages would be examined always regarding to social context. Then the notion and criteria of classic in T. S. Eliot’s essay “What is classic?” would be scrutinized in the light of contemporary researches. T. S. Eliot’s analysis of classic is among the last comprehensive attempt of defining the concept. Then we examine the notion of classic in the philosophical hermeneutics of H.G. Gadamer.
|Keywords:||Classic, Canon, Culture, Education, Literature, T. S. Eliot, H. G. Gadamer, Philosophical Hermeneutics.|
Associate Professor Doctor, (AÜ DTCF) Greek Language and Literature, Faculty of Letters, University of Ankara, Ankara, Ankara, Turkey
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