The Inevitability of Symbols


The contemporary culture is marked by an essential heterodoxicality, where opposing cultural factors are constantly and effectively at play. For what we experience is unprecedented dynamics of social-cultural reality contrasted with a paradoxical form of stagnation (if not of regression). As if all changes were only meaningless variations on the same theme. What we experience are unheard of before possibilities of reshaping our social-political (and natural) landscape. And yet, it is hard to avoid the impression that any horizon of genuine possibilities appears to be a mere semblance, a mysterious guise for the condition of ever-growing estrangement and alienation, accompanied by an increasing devastation of the world we live in – both social-cultural and natural.

How to cite:

Bursztyka, Przemysław. “The Inevitability of Symbols.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 2, no. 3(5) (2018): 1-6. https://doi.org/10.26319/5811.


Przemysław Bursztyka
Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland

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