About Europe: Philosophical Hypotheses by Denis Guenoun, Christine Irizarry PDF

By Denis Guenoun, Christine Irizarry

ISBN-10: 0804773866

ISBN-13: 9780804773867

The suggestion of the common was once born within the lands we now name Europe, but it truly is exactly the common that's Europe's undoing. All eu politics is stuck in a pressure: to claim a eu identification is to be open to multiplicity, yet this very openness may well dissolve Europe as such. This publication displays on Europe and its altering limitations over the span of twenty centuries. a piece of philosophy, it regularly attracts on concrete occasions. From historic Greece and Rome, to Christianity, to the Reformation, to the nationwide revolutions of the 20 th century, what we this day name "Europe" has been a succession of tasks within the identify of ecclesia or group. Empire, Church, and ecu: all were built not like an Oriental "other." The stakes of Europe, then, are as a lot metaphysical as political. Redefining a sequence of key thoughts corresponding to global, position, transportation, and the typical, this ebook sheds gentle on Europe as method through enticing with the main major philosophical debates at the topic, together with the paintings of Marx, Husserl, Heidegger, Patocka, and Nancy.

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All these words are related to the earth: its firmness (Fest-land ), division (Erd-teil), or containment, precisely, retaining and containing it in its continentality (Kontinent). Kant speaks of a “part of the world”—the earth is not the world: the world—at least in its concept—includes extraterrestrial realities: The part that has to be played by man is, therefore, a very artificial one. , Weltgebäude]. It may perhaps be the case that in those other planets every individual completely attains his destination in this life.

But the return (the upper part of the line) misses its aim: it does not come back to the movement as movement, or to the expansion as a widening or process. The return comes back to the origin of the movement; it refers the movement to its origin. Now, in the movement, the origin goes missing. The return then produces the image of a point of departure, as a point and as a departure— a cutoff and a parting. That is where the arrow projects itself: toward the supposed origin of the movement, which—in the movement—is lacking.

This process (Gang: step, gait, movement, flow of this course) merely traverses our space. Nothing in this calls for the concept of Europe, as such, though we should account for the fact that today Greece is said to be a part of this continent, and that the extension might thus cover something that perhaps (since Kant does not say this) resembles what we call Europe. 17 It is in this first sense that one may say that the universal “precedes” Europe conceptually; Europe is not its prerequisite. * We may also describe as a concrete process what we just laid out as an ideal development—it is a matter of chronology.

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