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Gurevich, P. S. Fyodor Stepun about the Status of Philosophy of Culture

Published in journal "Philosophy and Culture", 2013-6 in rubric "Editor-in-Chief's column", pages 733-735.

Resume: Philosophy of culture deals with a huge number of facts. These facts are described in cultural anthropology, sociology of culture, theology of culture, ethnology, cultural philosophy and history of culture. However, contradictory empirical facts do not always clarify metaphysical problems. Progression from one cultural epoch to another significantly transforms the cultural panorama. This creates a need in a theory which would describe the cultural process as something whole, variants of socio-dynamic models, archetypical situations and patterns of repetition and transformation of constant element of culture. Philosophy helps to understand diverse human experience and how it is possible to turn human to cultural cosmos. Philosophy of culture tries to go deep into the most unexpected and constantly renewed paradoxes of human existence while a cultural philosopher is meant to define general standards for evaluating existing cultural states. The question about the status of philosophy of culture was also discussed by a famous Russian philosopher Fyodor Stepun.

Keywords: philosophy, philosophy of culture, truth, philosophy of life, romanticism, human, soul, knowledge, East, Stepun.

DOI: 10.7256/1999-2793.2013.6.8844

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