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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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The Europe of María Zambrano

The Europe of María Zambrano

(p.159) 11 The Europe of María Zambrano
Europe and Empire

Massimo Cacciari

, Alessandro Carrera, Massimo Verdicchio
Fordham University Press

María Zambrano was a Spanish philosopher who studied with José Ortega y Gasset and spent most of her life in exile from Franco’s fascist regime. The essence and destiny of Europe was central to her thought. She placed Europe under the sign of Ulysses as the hero who is divided between returning home and continuing to journey. Endless questioning is the kernel of the European experience, and it comes with a price. One questions who or what is absent, with the intention of reducing his or its absence to presence. European philosophy, however, does not have the strength to leave the absolutely absent in its absence. As a result, it has killed God. Not the intellectual god of the philosophers, but the god in flesh and bones that used to walk upon the earth. Zambrano’s answer to philosophy’s murderous love for its objects is rigorously unpolitical: It entails the creation of a community of “blessed ones” who live in friendship and therefore can communicate perfectly without being tampered by history or ideology.

Keywords:   Diotima, Parmenides, Ulysses, Paul Valéry, María Zambrano

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