Pagden the idea of europe

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The Idea of Europe: From Antiquity to the European Union by Anthony Pagden

This book addresses the question of what it means, and has meant, to be European, covering the period from Antiquity to the end of the twentieth century. The essays discuss questions of politics, law, religion, culture, literature, and even affectivity in a broad account of how a distinctive European identity has grown over the centuries and its place in the future evolution of the European Union. In the massive literature of European integration, no other book takes such a long historical perspective, and none other deals directly with the question of identity.
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This implies that there is nothing to discuss except the reasons, very likely discreditable, that have led others to invent whatever it is and impose their construction upon us, so that the point of discussion is to liberate ourselves from the construction by subverting the dominant paradigm, as the bumper stickers urge us to do. This is, of course, a very healthy skepticism, and I intend to adopt it in this essay. Why is it being suggested that we cannot be a skeptic about Europe without being a fanatical opponent? When that sort of thing happens, it is usually because a word is being used so as to block all critical thought about it, and we may want to ask who is using it in that way and from what motives. Equally, I do not want to suggest that there is nothing to study here except constructions in the mind, framed with discreditable intentions.

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The Medieval Review baj Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Series. ISBN: What is Europe, and what has it meant to Europeans over the last two millennia? The map that adorns the cover of this eclectic but stimulating anthology hints at some of the difficulties latent in this question. Rather than a purely geographical outline, the editors have opted to show a map with national boundaries, which date the Europe pictured here plainly to the era.

The creation of the European Union and the progressive integration of the European states have raised serious questions about the existence of a distinctive European identity. If there is something that distinguishes all Europeans, no matter their national or local differences, what is it, and how is it being changed by recent events? This book addresses these questions in essays that range from ancient Greece to the end of the twentieth century. They discuss matters of politics, law, religion, culture, literature, and even affectivity. In the massive literature of European integration, no other book takes such a long historical perspective, and none other deals directly with the question of identity.

Anthony Pagden. The creation of the European Union and the progressive integration of the European states has raised serious questions about the existence of a distinctive European identity. Do the British share much in common with the French, or the French with the Danes? Will a unified Europe remain an economic and political possibility with no greater cultural or affective foundations? If there is something that distinguishes all Europeans, what is it, and how is it being changed by recent events? This book addresses these questions in essays ranging from ancient Greece to the end of the twentieth century. Their authors come from different intellectual backgrounds and represent differing intellectual traditions.

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