The Significance of Studying the Features of Italian Philosophical Postmodernism for General Characteristics of this Phenomenon

Anastasiia Kovach-Petrushenko


The article reveals the results of the author’s research on the characteristic culturological and philosophical features of postmodernism in Italy. Among the expressive features of Italian postmodernism, the author names a contradictory attitude to the past, a mixture of styles and genres, introducing the concept of “weakened thinking”. Based on these features, the following statements are made: (a) the modern study of the phenomenon of postmodernism should take into account its cultural and regional features; (b) taking into account such features allow us to enrich our understanding of postmodernism and add new features to its general characteristics.

A detailed study of postmodernism in Italy and comparative analysis of studies of this phenomenon in other countries gave rise to the assertion that geographical factor has an important influence on the formation of certain features of the phenomenon. As every country at one period or other lives through its unique history, it impacts social consciousness formation, hence the cultural basis for the world’s perception. And the fact that postmodernism doesn’t exist anymore as an active phenomenon in the socio-cultural arena only helps its cold and detailed study. It’s only now that scientists can single out the details that were not paid attention to during the peak of postmodernism popularity. The study of postmodernism as a whole, indivisible phenomenon, manifested everywhere in the same way, has led to specific errors and omission of important details. In our case, the approach of separation from the general, the consideration of postmodernism through the prism of a particular country and its history and culture, allows us to look at this phenomenon from another angle and see new scientific and philosophical opportunities.


cultural-regional features; “weakened thinking”; multicultural phenomenon; postmodernism; postmodern


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