Canon (basic principle)

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The concept of canon is very broad; in a general sense it refers to being one (adjectival) or a group (noun) of official, authentic or approved rules or laws, particularly ecclesiastical; or group of official, authentic, or approved literary or artistic works, such as the literature of a particular author, of a particular genre, or a particular group of religious scriptural texts,[1] or similarly, one or a body of rules, principles, or standards accepted as axiomatic and universally binding in a religion, or a field of study or art.[2] This can be related to such topics as literary canons, a topic within itself, for which see canon (disambiguation)#Literature.

There is also the concept of the canons of rhetoric, including five key principles, which when grouped together, are the principles set for giving speeches.[3][4][5][6][7]

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  1. ^ "canon". Glasgow: HarperCollins Publishers. 2019.
  2. ^ "canon"., LL. 2019. Retrieved 2015-04-07.
  3. ^ WordNet 3.1. retrieved 2011-12-03 from: Canon Search Word.
  4. ^ W.C Sayers (1915–1916) established a system of canons of classification Sayers, W.C. (1915-1916). Canons of classification applied to "The subject", "The expansive", "The decimal" and "The Library of Congress" classifications: A study in bibliographical classification method. Lindon: Grafton.
  5. ^ S. R. Ranganathan developed a theory of facet analysis which he presented as a detailed series of 46 canons, 13 postulates and 22 principles. in Prolegomena to library classification. New York: Asia Publishing House. Spiteri, Louise (1998). A Simplified Model for Facet Analysis: Ranganathan 101. Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science—Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l'Information et de Bibliotheconomie, 23(1-2), 1-30., Retrieved from:
  6. ^ Toye, Richard (2013). Rhetoric A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-965136-8.
  7. ^ "Canon". Random House, Inc. Retrieved September 29, 2014.