Idea and Tradition of Europe in the Light of Its Own History

Fehér M., István (2007) Idea and Tradition of Europe in the Light of Its Own History. Philobiblon: Transylvanian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in Humanities, 12. pp. 205-228. ISSN 1224-7448

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The paper gives a short panorama of the tradition and philosophical history of the idea of Europe. It presents different phases of the discussion about Europe – discussion that usually emerged in the periods of radical social-political re-arrangements, crisis or insecurity of the European values – from Greek culture, through Bayle’s République des Lettres or Kant’s and Hegel’s writings, to Postmodern philosophers such as Gadamer, Heidegger and Rorty who had to face the problems that occurred after the geographical, political unification of Europe in the 1990s. The study raises the questions: What does the concept of Europe mean? Where was it born, and what are the perspectives for it? What are the characteristics of European culture? On what principles has the European Union been built? It argues that Europe and philosophy organically belong together, for Europe itself can be regarded as a philosophical idea.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > B1 Philosophy (General) / filozófia általában
Depositing User: Erika Bilicsi
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 08:47
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2012 08:47

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