A Critique of the Hermeneutics of Culture


  • Victor Ogheneochuko Jeko, Ph.D Department of Philosophy, University of Benin


Culture is fundamental to our understanding of human beings in their
immediate society. It revealed a form of shared norms and values among
group of people that have common destiny or social heritage. Culture
brings about social change. It helps us to redefine our humanity and
historicity as human beings. Culture served as a platform for us to
properly organize our democratic society. Cultural experiences are
deeply rooted in our language formation. The background of this paper is
that culture has not been able to grapple with human fundamental
problems but it could be redefined to meet up with our immediate social
needs. It is germane to note, that, culture is everything to man and his
democratic society. Culture and language are definable in the ecological
and existential dimension of our democratic society. Culture is
expressible in man's immediate existential environment or ecology. My
objective, in this paper, is that, cultural activity in our democratic
interaction should be redefined to grapple with our contemporary world.
Culture is enforceable and it is dynamic in nature. It helps us to redirect
our historicity and our social nature or social structures. It reflects the
learned behaviour of people. Culture is anthropological and it required
nature and nurturing. Culture has a close link with development. Culture
and development are geared toward human transformation and social
transformation. It could also be linked with transformational leadership
or politics. My findings and conclusion reached in this paper is that
culture is a fundamental element of human existential relation and that
the philosophy of culture has a psychic, biological and existential
dimension. It is worthy of note that culture has a pragmatic and empirical
implications in terms of cultural festivals. The evolutionary, ecological,
philosophical, pedagogical, sociological, anthropological, and

pragmatic implications of culture cannot be overemphasized because
culture is deeply rooted as the property of man.


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