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“Interpreting” The Modern Times – Possibilities, Limitations, Social And Vital Functions

  • Jan Szmyd
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 101)

The modern times – understood as the current status of collective and individual life, social and cultural communication, achievements of technological and scientific progress, modern structures and civilisational devices – become less and less recognizable and more difficult to understand by an ordinary man.This is induced by the constant growth in the complexity of structures and functions, the so-called “slovenliness” of the civilisational reality and anincrease in the rate of its transformations, as well as the flood of data and information (information smog), exceeding the capabilities of human perception, including various deformations of media transmission. In this situation, the most up-to-date and significant problem – important not only because of the desired correctness and sanity [psychical and mental] of the life of a modern man, but also taking into account the man’s future and preservation of the civilisational and cultural accomplishments – is the issue of “interpreting the world anew” in a manner that the features and characteristics of its processes and mechanisms, the nature of its structures and systems, the character and the directions of transformations are correctly perceived. This interpretation is also necessary for the man to be able to understand the world as far as possible and not lose contact (both intellectual and emotional) with it. This interpretation is necessary to allow the man to control the world at least partially and prevent him from succumbing completely to alienation and self-alienation.

Keywords

Modern Civilisation Human World Environmental Philosophy Philosophical Cognition Cultural Accomplishment 
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