Two Pages from the Culture of the Double Speech and of Tacit Suppositions


  • Ana BAZAC Polytechnic University of Bucharest



double speech, tacit suppositions, Erasmus, Mandeville, present political discourse


The power relations – at the time of Erasmus and Mandeville, and also in present – make the critique of the status quo to be very difficult. An answer to this situation was and is the complex of the double speech and tacit political suppositions. The paper suggests some similarities between the texts of the above-mentioned thinkers and, on the other hand, the present mainstream political jargon, by emphasising rather the differences: it is noteworthy that Mandeville and Erasmus had a strong, while indirect through their humoristic use of the double speech, critique of the state of things described by them.

The conclusions developed here concern the tacit suppositions in the political discourse and how the two items are perennial within the modern culture.


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Author Biography

Ana BAZAC, Polytechnic University of Bucharest

Ana BAZAC (Dr.) Professor at Polytechnic University of Bucharest; vice-president of the Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Romanian Committee of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Romanian Academy; deputy-editor of Noema ( Areas of interest: social philosophy, epistemology-ontology, ethics, philosophy of science and technology, all supported by history of philosophy. Recent publications: ―On Justice. Multidisciplinary View‖, ―Person – for Me, and Object – for the Other? How Does Humanism Occur?‖, ―The Philosophy of the raison d‟être: Aristotle‘s telos and Kant‘s Categorical Imperative‖,―Three Concepts in the History of the Knowledge of the World (Cause, Consequence, telos) and a Conclusion‖.


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How to Cite

BAZAC, A. (2018). Two Pages from the Culture of the Double Speech and of Tacit Suppositions. WISDOM, 11(2), 5–11.