General information

Module title Philosophy of Culture
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Przemysław Rotengruber
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 30


Module aim (aims)

Cultural studies is a filed of knowledge founded on two different reflections . First of them is based on empirical evidence, the second is speculative one. When it comes to the second reflection, it leads to philosophical conclusion(s). The aim of the unit is to gain comprehensive understanding of culture treated as synonym of the philosophical theory.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Students are expected to be competent in the history of philosophy.


1. Paradigms, Thought Collectives & Culture (the Copernican Turn, Kuhn)2. Empiricism 1 - observation and facts (Galileo, Bacon & Locke)3. Rationalism - deductive reasoning in context (Descartes, Leibniz, Newton)4. Empiricism 2 - culture & psychology (Bacon & Locke)5. Scepticism - embracing uncertainty (Hume)6. The Enlightenment 1 - the confidence of rationalist culture (Kant)7. The Enlightenment 2 - encounters with other cultures (Montaigne, Voltaire)8. Evolution - tracking biological & economic processes (Darwin & Marx)9. Nihilism in 19th century culture (Nietzsche, Deleuze)10. Pragmatism - truth & practicality (James, Dewey, Fleck)

Reading list

- Russell B. [2004], History of Western Philosophy. Routledge. London, New York- Rotengruber P [2015; 2016], Journal of Applied Cultural Studies (Issue No. 1. Issue No. 1/2. 2/2016 Cover. Year: 2016 )- The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Copyright Information.-