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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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We Cannot Call Ourselves Only Judeo-Christians

We Cannot Call Ourselves Only Judeo-Christians

A Conversation with Jacques Le Goff

(p.165) 12 We Cannot Call Ourselves Only Judeo-Christians
Europe and Empire

Massimo Cacciari

, Alessandro Carrera, Massimo Verdicchio
Fordham University Press

A 2004 interview with author Massimo Cacciari and historian Jacques Le Goff on the predicament and future of Europe, realized shortly after the draft of the European Constitution, which proved to be a disappointment. Le Goff denies that there is such a thing as American or European decline, warning that the theme of decline has always been a reactionary propaganda tool. Cacciari observes that all political and economic hegemonies eventually die, and that in fact the European Union was born not on the strength of Europe but on its weakness after the quasi-suicide of World War II. In other words, the project that is the European Union is based on a strong awareness of impending death, which does not mean of course that Europe is going to die anytime soon, but that it has entered a long sunset.

Keywords:   Massimo Cacciari, European constitution, Jacques le Goff

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