Culture, Science, Society

The Constitution of Cultural Modernity


The closely interrelated essays in this volume address the question of the internal dynamism of the high culture of modernity in its paradoxical constitution as the complementary unity of strict opposites: the sciences (philosophy included) and the arts. Special attention is paid to the internal strains of these two great fields in our contemporaneity. It discusses on the one hand the role of experts and, on the other, that of the market in both of these areas . It also deals with the hermeneutical relationship between author - work - recipient and its historical transformations.
Although essays deal with the complex philosophical issues, these are discussed in a clear way, approcheable for a person with a broad philosophical interest. They are, however, addressed primarily to philosophers, social scientists, culturologists and aestheticians.

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Biographical Note

Gyorgy Markus, PhD in Philosophy, awarded in 1965 by the Hungarian Academy. Emigrated to Australia in 1978. First Lecturer, then Reader and from 1994, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, Australia. He retired in 2000.

Table of contents

Part I

1. A Society of Culture: The Constitution of Cultural Modernity
2. Beyond the Dichotomy: Praxis and Poiesis
3. The Paradoxical Unity of Culture: The Arts and the Sciences
4. Interpretation in, and Interpretation of, Philosophy
5. The Ends of Metaphysics
6. Changing Images of Science
7. Why There Is No Hermeneutics of Natural Sciences
8. After the System: Philosophy in the Epoch of Sciences
9. On Our Beliefs: About the Cognitive Structure of Contemporary Culture

Part II

10. Culture: The Making and the Make-Up of a Concept
11. Condorcet : Communication/Science/Democracy
12. The Money and the Book: Kant and the Crisis of German Enlightenment
13. The Hegelian Concept of Culture
14. Hegel and the End of Art
15. Marxism and Theories of Culture
16. On Ideology-Critique – Critically
17. A Philosophy Lost: German Theories of Culture at the End of the Nineteenth Century
18. Life and the Soul: The Young Lukács and the Problem of Culture
19. Walter Benjamin, or the Commodity as Phantasmagoria
20. Adorno and Mass Culture: Autonomous Art against the Culture Industry
21. Antinomies of Culture


All those interested in the philosophy of the high culture in modernity. Especially addressed to PhD students, reserchers in philosophy, critical social theory and culturology.

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