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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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Europe or Philosophy

Europe or Philosophy

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Europe and Empire

Massimo Cacciari

, Alessandro Carrera, Massimo Verdicchio
Fordham University Press

Like Hamlet, Europe is essentially “undecided,” and to a certain extent, it is better it stays that way, since every time Europe “decided to decide” about its own essence, and become One instead of remaining Many, the result was catastrophic. Europe is a plurality of subjects who conduct research because the essence of Europe is interrogating its own Gods. Such research is not “safe.” It is open to disquieting discoveries about the nature of the gods themselves, the social pact, and the consistency of rules and values that citizens hold dear. The only way for Europe to strengthen its bonds is to learn how to relate with the Other in a state of bringing-closer that cannot be concluded.

Keywords:   Augustine, Hamlet, Nietzsche

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