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The Concept of Philosopher/Writer and Its Change in the Age of Enlightenment : Expansion of the Publishing Market and Philosophers, Man of Letters and Writers

Chung Hai Soo 1

1목원대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article is a follow-up on the concept of philosopher/writer and its transformation in the Age of Enlightenment – 1. the dictionary meaning of the term ‘philosopher/writer’ and the origins of ‘literary fields’ of the Enlightenment era. In this article, we analyzed changes in the literary field in the late 17th century after the expansion of the publishing market. We examined the conflict surrounding philosophers’ identifying between modern and traditional philosophers. We have validated that the formation of new readers has made traditional philosophers more sensitive to the ‘horizon of expectations’ of readers. Some biographical works are also one of our concern. By the end of the 17th century, philosophers and writers suddenly became objects of biographical works unlike in the past. Through our research, we found that readers have sought the arrival of a new hero, a great philosopher or a great writer, that will lead a new era, and due to this anticipation, it has led to the publication of biographical works. In this process, we have revealed conceptual changes about authors, writers, philosophers, and so on. In the next article, we will continue advanced discussion on the concept of philosopher/writer.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.