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Richard Kearney

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823223176

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823223176.001.0001

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Julia Kristeva

Julia Kristeva

Strangers to Ourselves: The Hope of the Singular

(p.159) Julia Kristeva
Debates in Continental Philosophy

Richard Kearney

Fordham University Press

As a European, Julia Kristeva considers herself a cosmopolitan. She learned French at an early stage, even before her Bulgarian studies. She does not now experience the dichotomy of the two Europes in such a painful manner for two reasons. The first is because of her early entry into French culture and the second is because she has made an intellectual choice which consists in thinking that origin is not essential, that it is a reaction to pain and can become a source of hate. Her entire intellectual education goes against the idea of origin. Moreover, she does recognize that people are going to live for a very long time in the frame of nations and nationalities. Here, she talks about her experience of so-called Eastern Europe, nationalism, the Cyrillic script, her cosmopolitanism, right to singularity, liberalism, religion, and the Enlightenment.

Keywords:   Julia Kristeva, cosmopolitanism, Eastern Europe, nationalism, Cyrillic script, singularity, liberalism, religion, the Enlightenment

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