By Denis Guénoun
The idea of the common was once born within the lands we now name Europe, but it's exactly the common that's Europe's undoing. All eu politics is stuck in a pressure: to claim a eu id is to be open to multiplicity, yet this very openness may perhaps dissolve Europe as such. This e-book displays on Europe and its altering barriers over the span of twenty centuries. a piece of philosophy, it constantly attracts on concrete occasions. From historical Greece and Rome, to Christianity, to the Reformation, to the nationwide revolutions of the 20th century, what we this day name 'Europe' has been a succession of tasks within the identify of ecclesia or neighborhood. Empire, Church, and ecu: all were developed unlike an Oriental 'other.' The stakes of Europe, then, are as a lot metaphysical as political. Redefining a chain of key techniques comparable to international, position, transportation, and the typical, this ebook sheds gentle on Europe as strategy via attractive with the main major philosophical debates at the topic, together with the paintings of Marx, Husserl, Heidegger, Patocka, and Nancy.
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Thus barbarism, which stood for a mode of exteriority from before the empire, comes to designate what remains, when the empire—the project of universal sovereignty— turns around and is given its figure. The second name is that of the church. This one too is a term designating the universal as a figure. Within what regime? The “sacred”? Here, the category of the “sacred” is irrelevant. The sacred involves other relations, which we shall examine later on. To determine the universal returning within the church, it is more useful to appeal to its Greek meaning.
The world of which there is an image or spectacle is outside of myself and faces me; and soon enough such is the idea of mundus. Of the cosmos we are a part, or a center: it includes and surrounds us. The cosmos can globally enclose an “us” that questions it, an assembly—and thus, a theater. One had to exit the cosmos for the world to be presented to me, frontally, as image and spectacle. This is what I call the invention of painting here. It is an idea foreign to theater, because the theater is not from that time.
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.
About Europe: Philosophical Hypotheses (Cultural Memory in the Present) by Denis Guénoun