Over the last 20 years culture has become a key concept in intellectual disciplines across the social sciences and humanities. However, it is a notoriously difficult concept to pin down, having very different meanings in different contexts. This book seeks to chart a route through the maze, revealing the variety of meanings of culture. It demonstrates that culture is not something that emerges from out of human activity, but rather is part and parcel of it. This book looks at how culture emerges and manifests itself in human life, and how it is experienced in the life of individuals and collectivities. It also explores the ways in which globalizing processes and changes in technology are affecting cultural identity, and w

Culture and the Status of Reality

Culture and the status of reality

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

William Blake

The darkness Schelling saw as the necessary heritage of reality has not been denied in the modern age, but its terms of reference have changed. We may accept this darkness, indeed the events of the twentieth century (the reality of the horrors of the Holocaust or Hiroshima among so many other terrible events) make it impossible to do otherwise, but the modern world is still built on solid foundations, or at least we like to think it is. As the dominant culture in which we live assumes a notion of rationality, so it also takes the reality of ...

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