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By Denis Guenoun, Christine Irizarry

The proposal of the common used to be born within the lands we now name Europe, but it truly is exactly the common that's Europe's undoing. All ecu politics is stuck in a rigidity: to claim a ecu identification is to be open to multiplicity, yet this very openness may dissolve Europe as such. This booklet displays on Europe and its altering barriers over the span of twenty centuries. a piece of philosophy, it regularly attracts on concrete occasions. From historic Greece and Rome, to Christianity, to the Reformation, to the nationwide revolutions of the 20 th century, what we at the present time name "Europe" has been a succession of tasks within the identify of ecclesia or group. Empire, Church, and ecu: all were built unlike an Oriental "other." The stakes of Europe, then, are as a lot metaphysical as political. Redefining a sequence of key strategies equivalent to global, position, transportation, and the typical, this booklet sheds mild on Europe as strategy by way of enticing with the main major philosophical debates at the topic, together with the paintings of Marx, Husserl, Heidegger, Patocka, and Nancy.

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Between these two figures, a community of the place-name, seat, and base takes shape. What is this place? It is the Roman world, that is to say, Romanity as world. But it is also the Mediterranean, the sea between land masses. Finally, it is the Occident, the west, where the sun goes down. We shall have to come 26 Europe Crossways back to all these characteristics—and ask ourselves, Why is Rome the place of the joined institutions of the empire and the church, the locus of their conjunction, the unity of their site, without any fusion or confusion between them—all this, in spite of permanent temptations, in spite of the indefinite historical reiteration (in the history of the empire, the church, and then Europe) of the endless caesaro-papist dream, the major fantasy of all European despots?

Zeus appears suddenly, in the shape of a bull. An extraordinary power of seduction emanates from him, literally. This is not a bull that “feeds in the stall,”38 and his “coming terrified not the maidens, nay, within them all wakened desire to draw nigh the lovely bull, and to touch him, and his heavenly fragrance was scattered afar, exceeding even the sweet perfume of the meadows” (p. 193). This bestial apparition is erotic: indeed, eros is the desire to touch, which has overtaken the young women.

H5) Let us look closely at this hypothesis. It points to the movement of self-figuration of Europe (the act of shaping itself ), carried out in “facing” or being face-to-face with [ face à] Islam. What does “facing” mean? It refers to the face. In French, face is visage. ”74 Facing is the face-to-face, the con-frontation of two beings facing each other, one facing the other, the other facing oneself. The con-frontation is played out in the visual (vis-à-vis), the vision of the face of the other, as visible, or as visage.

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