By Denis Guénoun
The proposal of the common used to be 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 rigidity: 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 limitations over the span of twenty centuries. a piece of philosophy, it continually 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 present day name 'Europe' has been a succession of tasks within the identify of ecclesia or neighborhood. Empire, Church, and european: all were built unlike an Oriental 'other.' The stakes of Europe, then, are as a lot metaphysical as political. Redefining a chain of key options comparable to global, position, transportation, and the typical, this booklet sheds gentle on Europe as technique via 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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This idea arises in great part with a certain constitution of painting, or the constitution of a certain kind of painting, that is to say, with the production of the world as image, as a spectacle that is shown. It is a strange idea, if only for this reason: in order for the world to present itself right there in front, in order for it to be what I am seeing there before me, for the world to be in front of me and I before it, face to face, I have to be outside of it; this presupposes the world outside of me.
And surely, we have to question this relation: when our “Europe” came to configure itself (and got its name), it was obviously neither indifferent nor fortuitous that this name reappeared; and by way of it a certain “load”—Greek ammunition—was transported all the way to us. The Greek word Europē has two meanings: it designates a mythological character, and a certain relation between places. ”20 Now, an attentive examination of the uses of this term in the latter sense leads one to a remarkable finding.
The first wanted to protect and watch her, while the second, because of Zeus, wanted to take her away across the sea. The puzzled princess woke up and resumed her activities and games. She went to pick some flowers near the sea, with other princesses who were her friends. And there a magnificent gentle bull appeared and persuaded her to climb onto his back, and she did so after some hesitation. The bull then stood up and ran toward the sea. While crossing the water, he revealed that he was Zeus, and that he had taken this animal form to abduct her because of his great love for her.