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National Ideology Under SocialismIdentity and Cultural Politics in Ceausescu's Romania$
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Katherine Verdery

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780520072169

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520072169.001.0001

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The “School” of Philosopher Constantin Noica

The “School” of Philosopher Constantin Noica

(p.256) CHAPTER SEVEN The “School” of Philosopher Constantin Noica
National Ideology Under Socialism

Katherine Verdery

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the philosophy of Constantin Noica. The Noica School forms a fitting conclusion to the cultural politics in Ceauşescu's Romania. Noica sat in a directly continuous line from the interwar arguments on the national essence. The issue of culture's relation to power is central to his work. This is because of all academic disciplines, philosophy was the one earliest annexed by Communist party rule, which institutionalized Marxism–Leninism and materialist philosophy and suppressed all other forms of philosophical thought. The subsequent “crisis” of Marxist legitimation in Romania partially liberated philosophy from its servitude to power, but it had then to reconstitute its fullness and respectability. Factional rivalry in historiography, the literature, and literary criticism tended to emerge as questions about which faction or institution best represented Romanian cultural or scientific values. In philosophy questions of representativeness intersected with questions about the very nature of the discipline and its place in culture and national life.

Keywords:   philosophy, Constantin Noica, cultural politics, interwar arguments, Marxist legitimation

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