LUCIA SIMONA DINESCU
Abstract: Communism imposed itself as the single normalizing power in culture through the radical and “revolutionary” rhetoric and tactics of (self)legitimacy. In order to escape this political ideology, the intellectuals and the writers of good will resorted to the strict, “well tempered” aesthetical models. The de°legitimacy of the communist cultural ideology has taken place after 1989 (or, more properly, it has still been taken place), while the self-sufficient aesthetical legitimacy of culture has proved to be insufficient. Instead, the ethical legitimacy has begun to consider the actual cultural diversity, as the import and adaptation of the Cultural Studies in Romania has permitted the formulation of the (self)legitimating strategies for the marginal and alternative ones. In the Western democratic countries, the ideologies of the radical and “revolutionary” legitimacy have been articulated in a different meaning. For instance, the utopian discourse in the virtual space is a form of radical cultural (self)legitimacy. While we criticize such ideologies, we propose a form of pragmatic°realistic, responsible, critical (self)legitimacy. By conceiving the virtuality as virtue, the dilemmas of the 21°th century find themselves a moderate ethical legitimacy.
Keywords: radicalisme, esthétique, éthique, marginalité, virtualité, modération