2023-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Post-Cultural Studies: A Brief Introduction


This is a relatively brief reflection on where we are with our “culture” in the present, a time when Politics has done a great deal of damage to our communicative purposes and hopes. Our culture has become a “post-culture,” we believe, in a sense to be defined here. It is hard enough to say what one means by “culture,” so the challenge of describing what “post-culture” means will be greater. It should be attempted because there has been a deep-seated change, in recent decades, in how human beings interpret themselves. The rate of change has accelerated even in just the last ten years. We create culture for many lesser reasons, but the over-arching reasons for our efforts all relate to knowing who and what we are and why we exist at all – what is our purpose? Culture is our attempt to address both our hopes and doubts.

How to cite:

Auxier, Randall, and Samuel Maruszewski. “Post-Cultural Studies: A Brief Introduction.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 7, no. 4 (2023):  78-84. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2023.0035.


Randall E. Auxier
Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Faner Hall, Mail Code 4505, 980 Faner Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

Samuel Maruszewski
Institute of Philosophy, University of Wrocław
ul. Koszarowa 3/20, 51-149 Wrocław, Poland


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