mardi 6 juillet 2010

Sacvan Bercovitch, THE RITES OF ASSENT; TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE SYMBOLIC CONSTRUCTION OF AMERICA, Routledge, New York, 1993

And lest I seem to have exempted myself from that process, I would like to declare the principles of my own ideological dependence. I hold these truths to be self-evident: that there is no escape from ideology; that so long as human beings remain political animals they will always be bounded in some degree by consensus; and that so long as they are symbol-making animals they will always seek to persuade themselves and others that in some sense, by relative measure if not absolutely, the terms of their symbology are objective and true.
(p. 356)

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