Progress and Reversions: Movement in the Hermeneutic Circle of Culture


In this essay I present culture as a realm constituted by a circular movement where progress is constantly confronted (and questioned) by different forms of reversions. By progress I mean specifically oriented changes we observe in culture. Many of them are rooted in the development of technology and science, or stem from demographical changes and intercultural influences. Reactions to these changes frequently involve returning to certain forms of behavior or responses that were common in the past but have been later abandoned. I intend to present examples of this phenomenon observed in culture.


culture, progress, reversion, hermeneutic circle, desire for continuity

How to cite:

Rosińska, Zofia. “Progress and Reversions: Movement in the Hermeneutic Circle of Culture.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 4, no. 3 (2020):  76-85. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2020.0032.


Zofia Rosińska (Professor Emerita)
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland


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