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Massimo Cacciari and Alessandro Carrera

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267163

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267163.001.0001

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Introduction: Massimo Cacciari’s Genealogy of Europe

Introduction: Massimo Cacciari’s Genealogy of Europe

(p.1) Introduction: Massimo Cacciari’s Genealogy of Europe
Europe and Empire

Alessandro Carrera

Fordham University Press

The author frames Cacciari’s approach to the genealogy of Europe with references to The European Inheritance, a research project initiated in England during World War II, and a quote from Plutarch’s Morals that reads like a description of the universe but could also be understood as an allegory of the Mediterranean. In discussing Cacciari’s mix of philosophy, political theory, philology, and theology, the author stresses that political theory does not “work” in the conventional sense of the word. The very idea that a political theory must be fully realized is the bedrock of totalitarianism. Yet the presence of political theory is necessary in order to leave a space open between thought and praxis, where new possibilities can emerge.

Keywords:   Asimov, Cacciari, Carrera, European Inheritance, geo-politics, nihilism, political theory, Plutarch

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