Skip to main content

Questions tagged [philosophy-of-culture]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1 vote
0 answers
103 views

Can/Have there be(en) bullshit or non-sensical philosophical schools or traditions established in academia? [closed]

Taking 'bullshit' as by H. G. Frankfurt, of course. The question is essentially about professionalization and institutionalization in academic philosophy: Is there any example of a philosophical ...
ac15's user avatar
  • 1,793
0 votes
1 answer
62 views

Is there any evidence that culture has gotten more “sensitive” or “politically correct”? [closed]

This question might be more suitable for History SE, I’m not sure. I have heard people pretty regularly claim that “nowadays” “political correctness” is more of a big thing - even that people are more ...
Julius Hamilton's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
104 views

Any psychological self-test questionnaire to measure philosophical stances?

Possible cross-domain duplicate: https://psychology.stackexchange.com/questions/17532/are-there-any-tests-for-ones-belief-or-philosophy There are various multiple-choice questions across internet, ...
user avatar
3 votes
3 answers
1k views

Why is the non-aesthetic position on art not absorbed by society?

The rejection of the "aesthetic" view on art has been around for a very long time. Off the top of my head, there's at least Heidegger's "The Origin of the Work of Art", with rather ...
Denis's user avatar
  • 206
3 votes
0 answers
157 views

Seeking references on the ontological basis of 'cultural appropriation' to cure my confusion

Disclaimer: Cultural appropriation is an emotionally charged topic and is criticized by a number of intellectuals, and my intent is to determine the philosophical grounding of the topic through vetted ...
J D's user avatar
  • 28.2k
1 vote
3 answers
176 views

Should all cultures be maintained?

I think Chomsky has argued that no states have the right to exist. What about cultures? Some cultures practised human sacrifice: if they existed now, should the culture be preserved completely, in ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
54 views

Open Self vs. Closed Self/Society Distinction

In political philosophy and cultural studies, certain thinkers from the twentieth-century stand out for their reliance upon distinguishing between open and closed selfhood. It is a long-running theme ...
Paradox Lost's user avatar
  • 2,111
0 votes
0 answers
30 views

Does an aesthetic dichotomy between universalism and relativism occur widely cross-culturally?

Roughly speaking, there appears to be a recurrent attitude some people have about what intrinsically separates “good art” from some intrinsically held reason some art is not good. We can imagine such ...
Julius Hamilton's user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
59 views

How does culture add meaning to acts?

Suppose we take Thanksgiving in America, then on the day of it, eating a turkey is expected and seen as a highly meaningful activity. However, eating it the day after, or a week after or a month after,...
Babu's user avatar
  • 2,188
0 votes
0 answers
24 views

Is Validity or Justification Always Valuable?

Although it is debatable that justification is a necessary or sufficient condition for knowledge, many philosophers make the claim that it is. African-American philosopher of culture Alain Locke ...
Paradox Lost's user avatar
  • 2,111
1 vote
0 answers
52 views

What is the difference between operatic, operative, and operational from Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation?

The following is the conclusion from the chapter Simulacra and Science Fiction. I did not understand it, and such a specific categorization seemed unusual to me. I was hoping someone might be able to ...
Xeon's user avatar
  • 489
0 votes
1 answer
84 views

Philosophers who explore the importance of history/culture giving us meaning in life?

Take the example of the concept of 'femininity': An existentialist thinker might suggest the meaning of femininity is completely subjective and one must decide the meaning of femininity for themselves ...
user65383's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
39 views

Is there a term that extends the Real Subsumption of Labour to society as a whole?

I am currently doing some research on Marx's concept of Real Subsumption of Labour, which refers to the process of capitalist production transforming from a formal subsumption (using pre-existing ...
cricket900's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
50 views

Did Adorno think the effects of mass culture were uniform, or universal?

Did Adorno think the effects of mass culture were uniform, or universal? In what way are its effects always the same? The intellectual enjoying a detective novel is meant to "escape his own ego, ...
user avatar
14 votes
10 answers
3k views

Do all religions summarise into the same principle?

I have read, a highly revered mystic and ascetic of Hinduism -- Lord Ramakrishna, the Guru of Swami Vivekananda, had a worldview that every religion is true and every religion eventually leads to God. ...
user avatar
4 votes
4 answers
154 views

what does "universal experience of a transcendental subject" mean?

I've been reading Bourdieu, P. (1986). The force of law: Toward a sociology of the juridical field. Hastings LJ, 38, 805. and encountered the concept on page 819. The tendency to conceive of the ...
Maul Seil's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
146 views

Philosophy and personal identity

It seems to me that the concept of personal identity - as a coherent whole - is a corner stone of Western culture. We build a LinkedIn/Facebook/etc. profile to sell a whole personality. We go to ...
Alexandre Michaud's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
139 views

Meaning of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s Philosophy

What is the cultural and ideological branch that the classic Soviet book “Roadside Picnic”, of which the movie “Stalker” and game series, comes from? It does not seem to be Russian Cosmism, and ...
Evamentality's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
389 views

Can a subculture be appropriated?

All the examples of cultural appropriation I see involve taking some element out of wider culture, and implementing it in their own. If subcultures are a subset of elements from within a larger ...
Sasha's user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
1 answer
137 views

Who was the first to posit that "culture determines the moral status of things within that culture"? [closed]

I am studying moral philosophy and I wish to learn who was the first to posit the above quote, preferably in similar wording as above.
MAA's user avatar
  • 3
4 votes
1 answer
625 views

Does Edward Said offer a solution to Orientalism and could a possible solution relate to Charles Taylors term "Politics of Recognition?

I've recently read Edward Said's book Orientalism but throughout reading, I didn't really find an explicit solution to Orientalism. Though the thing I could see take form as a solution would be his ...
FLCT's user avatar
  • 49
-9 votes
1 answer
384 views

Is there a connection between modern colonialism and secularism? [closed]

An aunt of mine, when she arrived in Britain, once jeered at me, calling me a Christian, mostly because she thought of Britain as being Christian. These were the only categories of thought she had. I, ...
Mozibur Ullah's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
118 views

Language and Sociology [closed]

Could someone systematically, methodologically, organisedly research Sociology, Civilisation, Culture through Language? I.e The state of Language would be the observation and one would give a ...
George Ntoulos's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
126 views

Authors who think Culture is power? [closed]

The USA is leading country in military expenditure in the world. To match what the USA spends you have to add up the budget of the next 11 countries on the list combined. ref here The USA is not ...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
84 views

Should Bergson be described as an individualist?

It's claimed that Bergson's "intuition of pure duration" is the "highest and most valuable form of human experience": is this an individualist or collectivist good? I'm asking because I'm interested ...
user avatar
5 votes
4 answers
402 views

Is there an African philosophy?

P. 0. Bodunrin put this question in his essay, 'The Question of African Philosophy', Philosophy 56 (1981), 161. Setting aside primitive times, I am asking if there is anything specific that can be ...
Valentine Ezeanokwasa's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
53 views

Can anybody list all the religion? Or the most commonly known. Also, what to they practice or follow? [closed]

I want to expend my knowledge toward understanding who I am as a human- being and what I belief in. Sometime I don't fully know where I stand and one way to start that is by simply narrowing down what ...
Therissa Toussaint's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
185 views

Can a culture exist without icons?

The Christian culture has Jesus, the Muslim culture has Muhammad, Buddhist have Buddha. British culture has the Monarch or even St George. Communism has Karl Marx. Fascism had Mussolini among others. ...
zooby's user avatar
  • 166
2 votes
0 answers
63 views

Which Chinese philosophy is best for understanding other cultures? [closed]

Which Chinese school of thought leads to an extension of your perspective on another culture?
Puma6hh's user avatar
  • 21
3 votes
2 answers
325 views

Why magical thinking is still present to this day?

Despite all the bad reputation and hatred to people that have any kind of magical thinking (i.e. believes in magic, any kind), this ideology still very present in society these days, day that seems ...
Michel Ortega's user avatar
42 votes
15 answers
29k views

How come nihilism is so popular today?

I've been trying to attack this question (or more precisely, come up with an answer to that fact) for some time now, but after a while of research I'm suddenly not so sure of the reason the situation ...
Yechiam Weiss's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
3k views

Are most philosophers atheists, monotheists, polytheists or what?

Has anybody made such analysis? It would be interesting to know the position of the majority of philosophers regarding metaphysics/mythology/religion, maybe by region and/or period.
Rodrigo's user avatar
  • 1,470
0 votes
1 answer
342 views

Had the Second World War an underlying philosophical issue? [closed]

Was WWII a fight between different serious interpretations of the world, apart from the usual superficial descriptions of military fights between countries? Does there exist some philosophical secret ...
user avatar
-1 votes
1 answer
89 views

How can we define "human rights" [duplicate]

What are human rights? With so many cultures in the world, is it possible to determine what rights should be intrinsic to all humanity? Is it fair to criticize a separate culture's "human rights" ...
Linnea's user avatar
  • 11
2 votes
2 answers
5k views

What are the reasons for taboos in a society?

As we know, the society is full of taboos on many topics such as sex, drugs, etc... But what are the reasons for the creation of taboos by humans? Shouldn't we be open-mind and free to discuss all ...
Federico's user avatar
7 votes
2 answers
2k views

What would Adorno and Horkheimer say about modern pornography?

In the "Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception", Theodore Adorno and Max Horkheimer write that pop culture and mass media are tools of deception, used to manipulate the masses into ...
Alexander S King's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
1k views

Does the philosophy of "be yourself" come from the Nietzsche's philosophy?

I've recently watched the documentary about Nietzsche's life and philosophy Nietzsche: Beyond good and evil and I got that one of the main ideas in his philosophy is that people should spend their ...
Probably's user avatar
  • 721
9 votes
5 answers
714 views

How was the rationale for Nazism built up in the academia (especially the philosophy departments)?

I am deeply suspicious about writing off the Nazis as mere haters/fascists. It seems that a very plausible rationale was set rolling, within the academia, right from the middle of the 19th century, ...
user2277550's user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
783 views

Are values dominant behaviours of a society, or are they personal?

My lecturer told me: "Values are the dominant behaviours and beliefs of a society or a group" and that values have nothing to do with individuals. But then on other sites I have read things such ...
K-Feldspar's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
1k views

Industrial Society and its Future [closed]

Ted Kaczynski, also known as the “Unabomber,” was born on May 22, 1942, in Illinois. A mathematics prodigy, Kaczynski taught at the University of California at Berkeley before retreating to a ...
John Slegers's user avatar
  • 1,028
7 votes
7 answers
2k views

What is the philosophical value of cultural diversity?

A personal question: As an Arab-American, I try to maintain my children's ties to Arab culture and the Arabic language, going out of my way to make sure that they speak Arabic fluently, and sending ...
Alexander S King's user avatar
8 votes
2 answers
510 views

Have any philosophers applied the concept of "underdetermination" to non-scientific contexts?

Most resources I've found on underdetermination approach the subject within the context of science. That's definitely a fascinating area of study, but I'd like to explore ways of applying ...
Matt Diamond's user avatar
1 vote
3 answers
482 views

Does Cartesianism really affect our present-day culture?

Are the ideas of Cartesian philosophy (example of an old and well known ideology that clearly hasn't impact just because people read it) really so spead throughout the present-day Western culture, ...
Probably's user avatar
  • 721
2 votes
2 answers
106 views

What are some references on intertextuality?

Intertextuality is defined here. It is a way to enrich a text by using reference to another text. What would be a good reference on this subject?
user442920's user avatar
17 votes
5 answers
1k views

Can philosophy overcome "the two cultures" divide?

Snow noted a growing divide between "the two cultures" in Western society, scientists and "literary intellectuals", who became increasingly self-absorbed and incomprehensible to each other. One of ...
Conifold's user avatar
  • 43.5k
15 votes
4 answers
2k views

Should we save endangered languages?

There are over six thousand living languages in the world, of which more than one thousand are defined as "endangered" - they are at serious risk of becoming extinct, with no living speakers. Rather ...
commando's user avatar
  • 7,389
6 votes
3 answers
1k views

How can we define "sanity" across cultures?

I have witness the following scene in my childhood : A group of tribe people abducted a newborn baby from a village close to the forest they lived in. The purpose of the abduction was to sacrifice ...
user avatar
7 votes
1 answer
82 views

What is a good read on the topics of ethics in the time of globalization?

I would like to mature my thinking regarding ethics in a pluri-cultural world. Which are interesting reads addressing questions such as: Should we do commerce exchange with cultures that do not ...
rodrigob's user avatar
  • 189
2 votes
1 answer
213 views

Is Culture a Subset of Nature or Vice Versa?

We have often heard that human history compared to the geological or biological historical record is merely just a blip on the map of time. Compared with cultural agencies, processes, and aims, ...
Paradox Lost's user avatar
  • 2,111
5 votes
1 answer
621 views

Does Kant have a Fourth Critique?

Those familiar with the architectonic nature of Immanuel Kant's philosophy argue about the difference between the three critiques (Critique of Pure Reason; Critique of Practical Reason; and the ...
Paradox Lost's user avatar
  • 2,111