Book review: Jenkins, H. (2019). Convergence Culture. Moscow: RIPOL Classic / Pangloss. (in Russian)
The Teaching aid describing the basic top-ics of the philosophy course, namely: what is philosophy?; history of philosophy; philosophy of existence; cognition, its possibilities and limits; scientific knowledge; human philosophy; social philosophy. These topics are fully compatible with the standard of education, approved by the Ministry of education andscience of the Russian Federation. In the content of the Teaching aid reflect both traditional and cutting-edge issues and philosophical knowledge. Topics and problems studyguide contains available for perception of language. The Teaching aid is intended for Bache-lor's degree students in higher education.
The author examines the delicate relationship between such phenomena as philosophy and popular culture. After formulating three attitudes of philosophers working with popular culture (left-critical, right-critical and left-objectivistic), the author proposes the term «crossroad» to show at what point of evolution of philosophy of culture and social theory during the XXth century converged popular culture and philosophy. This «crossroad» turned out to be post-modernism in such representation in which the American Marxist philosopher Fredric Jame-son began to talk about. Postmodernism before Jameson was understood as a trend in art, and only Jameson came up with the idea to extend it to the entire culture that dissolved in during the 1970s in the economy. It was Jameson who first stated the thesis that nowadays high and popular culture represent a single space. Briefly describing Jameson's approach, the author shows what this synthesis of postmodern philosophy and popular culture has led to. Recog-nizing popular culture as legitimate, and its then state as «postmodern», social philosophers began to develop the idea of expansion of culture into the social sphere, however, not in everything agreeing with Jameson. The author emphasizes the idea that the beginning of the XXI century was marked by a surge of philosophical interest in popular culture.