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Censorship and Democracy, Vol. 11 - 2004, No. 2

Censorship. A Philological (and Rhetorical) Viewpoint

, pages: 5-18

The word “censorship” is philologically rooted in a glossary of key notions that span across the spectrum of the paradigm of authority. Based on analyses by Émile Benveniste, from his Vocabulaire des institutions indo-européennes, this essay aims at bringing out the censorial denotations of “authority,” “war,” “award,” “direction,” as well as the embedded censorial dimension of, for instance, the rhetorical presidency. It closes on a reflexion concerning the censorial drift, within democracy, from demos to laos.

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