A Figure, a Concept, an Idea?
Published by: Indiana University Press
Is the idea of Europe outdated? The concept of European unity, the animating spirit of the European Union, seems increasingly fragile in the face of far-right populist movements. In Locating Europe , Rodolphe Gasché attempts to answer the question of how to think about Europe. Is it a figure, a concept, or an idea? Is there anything still compelling and urgent about the idea of Europe?
By looking at phenomenologist and postphenomenological thinkers in the second half of the 20th century, Gasché reveals that Europe is more than just one geographical and cultural entity. The idea of Europe is based on common foundations: a distinctive conception of reason, of self-criticism, of responsibility, freedom, equality, human rights, and democracy, and it is these foundations that are under threat.
In Locating Europe: A Figure, a Concept, an Idea? Gasché engages the philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Karl Jaspers, Karl Löwith, and others, focuses on the most significant philosophical representations of Europe, and explores the potential, and especially the limits, of the notion of Europe.
2. Without a Horizon
3. In Light of Light
4. The Form of the Concept
5. Axial Time
6. Eastward Trajectories
7. Feeling Anew for the Idea of Europe
8. An Idea in the Kantian Sense?
9. Responsibility, a Strange Concept
10. An Immemorial Remainder
11. Beyond the Idea of Europe
"At a time when the animating spirit of the European Union is ever more fragile as far-right populist movements, for the most part nationalist and anti-immigrant, continue to win significant percentages at the ballot boxes: Is there still something compelling and urgent about the idea of Europe? Rodolophe Gasché does not shrink from acknowledging Europe's history and yet asks if there is something about the idea of Europe that calls for renewed thinking rather than dismissal."~Peg Birmingham, Hannah Arendt and Human Rights
"From the outset, Rodolophe Gasché makes clear that Europe—not as a geographical or even geopolitical entity, but as an idea—has entered a time of crisis of the foundations that have long defined this idea. This crisis calls into question some of the most cherished assumptions that have defined the idea of Europe: reason, self-criticism, responsibility, freedom, equality, human rights, democracy, and more."~Dennis J. Schmidt, Between Word and Image