EIRP Proceedings, Vol 14, No 1 (2019)

Freedom and Libertinism in Culture. From José Ortega y Gasset to Eugenio Coseriu

Cristinel Munteanu

Abstract


In this paper we aim at discussing the problem of freedom in culture, in general, and in language, in special, by resorting to Ortega y Gasset and Coseriu’s philosophical ideas. Both thinkers state that genuine freedom is opposed to barbarism or libertinism due to the fact that it is governed by a series of norms or rules freely consented by society/community. The same is valid, in broad terms, for language as well, only that, in this case, the norms (placed at different levels) present certain particularities.


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