Edited By Jacek Grzybowski
Rev. Jarosław Babiński: Ralf Konersmann’s Conception of the Philosophy of Culture
Ralf Konersmann’s Conception of the Philosophy of Culture Rev. Jarosław Babiński Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw (CSWU) The Faculty of Theology Philosophy of culture is a new, dynamically developing area of philosophy,1 on account of its “novelty” feverishly emphasizing its singularity and autonomy (both with respect to method and object) from other disciplines of science like- wise engaged in reflecting on the phenomenon of culture. A vast array of publi- cations has sprung up, seemingly overnight, aiming to respond to, systematize and organize this area of philosophical science .2 One of the pioneers in this field is the German philosopher Ralf Konersmann, who postulates the need to make culture a topic of philosophical reflection, demonstrating the incompe- tence of other sciences in describing the phenomenon. The problem of defining the philosophy of culture and its relation to other disciplines of science Cultural science seems without doubt to come closest to the philosophy of culture in terms of range. The fact that these sciences have a common object of study causes their convergence in many areas of scholarly reflection. Due to the methodology adopted as well as the tasks incumbent on the philosophy of culture one is entitled to speak of its singularity and scientific autonomy. What is more, philosophy of culture and cultural science are not just irreduc- ible to each other, but each approaches the same area the “field of culture” in 1 One may speak of specific conceptions of its practice. One such proposal...
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