Saturday, June 14, 2008

Canon criteria

Harold Bloom: strangeness, originality, authority, esthetic value, inventive troping

Mortimer Adler: contemporary significance, re-readability, conversational breadth (touching 25 or more of the Great Ideas)

Allan Bloom: assists rational quest for the good life according to nature, examples of high human types, discovery of diversity, develops capacity to experience beauty, civilisation's ongoing discourse

Jorn Barger: which you'd recommend be read first, to an eager learner

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