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By Denis Guénoun

The idea of the common was once born within the lands we now name Europe, but it's exactly the common that's Europe's undoing. All ecu politics is stuck in a stress: to claim a ecu identification is to be open to multiplicity, yet this very openness may dissolve Europe as such. This ebook displays on Europe and its altering barriers over the span of twenty centuries. a piece of philosophy, it always 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 initiatives within the identify of ecclesia or neighborhood. Empire, Church, and european: all were developed not like an Oriental "other." The stakes of Europe, then, are as a lot metaphysical as political. Redefining a chain of key suggestions equivalent to international, position, transportation, and the typical, this publication sheds mild on Europe as method through attractive with the main major philosophical debates at the topic, together with the paintings of Marx, Husserl, Heidegger, Patocka, and Nancy.

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And so it is with all other peoples. 15 Thanks to the “learned Public,” which controls the chain of transmission that enables ancient histories to reach us, every kind of knowledge is available, and this chain starts in Greece. —only thanks to its translation into Greek during Roman times that the Bible enters our history. Translation makes for a well-established 12 Europe Crossways (ausgemittelt) beginning (Anfang). It lays out and establishes the beginning in the middle (ausgemittelt). To translate is to transmit; the beginning is (in) the change of space and languages.

One either knows nothing of that name and its provenance, or else—which in a way amounts to the same thing—the name derives from the Tyrian Europē. Now, this woman was first of all born in Tyre—therefore, at the time of the birth, the land of Europe had no name; second, Tyre is in Asia, therefore Europe is an Asian woman, and the name of Europe does not come from Europe properly speaking, as name-of-a-land-area; and third, Europe never came to Europe (to the “continent”), going only as far as Crete.

The present (the flower basket) stems from this union (when she entered “the bed”). Then the abduction occurs. 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).

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