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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Europe

ISBN 9781138921689
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
416 Pages

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Book Description

Understood historically, culturally, politically, geographically, or philosophically, the idea of Europe and notion of European identity conjure up as much controversy as consensus. The mapping of the relation between ideas of Europe and their philosophical articulation and contestation has never benefitted from clear boundaries, and if it is to retain its relevance to the challenges now facing the world, it must become an evolving conceptual landscape of critical reflection.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Europe provides an outstanding reference work for the exploration of Europe in its manifold conceptions, narratives, institutions, and values. Comprising twenty-seven chapters by a group of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into three parts:

  • Europe of the philosophers
  • Concepts and controversies
  • Debates and horizons.

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, politics, and European studies, the Handbook will also be of interest to those in related disciplines such as sociology, religion, and European history and history of ideas.

Table of Contents

Introduction Europe: Myths, Mappings, and Meanings Darian Meacham and Nicolas de Warren

Part 1: Europe of the Philosophers

1. Europe and Philosophy Roberto Esposito

2. Leibniz in Europe Mogens Lærke

3. Hegel Revisited: Reflections on the Relevance of Hegel’s Philosophy in Contemporary European Politics Dorte Jagetic Andersen

4. Nietzsche and the Good Europeans Beyond Europe Marco Brusotti

5. Husserl and Europe Timo Miettinen

6. Heidegger, Europe and the History of "Beyng" Niall Keane and Lorenzo Girardi

7. Latin Empires and Large Spaces: Alexandre Kojève and Carl Schmitt on Europe After End of History Riccardo Paparusso

8. From European to System Rationality: Max Weber and Niklas Luhmann William Rasch

9. Maria Zambrano Laura Boella

10. The ‘Frankfurt School’ William Outhwaite

11. The European Hamlet Simon Glendinning

Part 2: Concepts and Controversies

12. The Idea of the Nation Erica Benner and David Miller

13. Philosophies of Post-National Citizenship at a Crossroad Teresa Pullano

14. Cosmopolitanism: from Kant to the Vindication of Legitimacy and Democracy Anastasis Marinopoulou

15. European Solidarity: Definitions, Challenges, and Perspectives Francesco Tava

16. Exploring the Borderlands of Solidarity: Europe and the Refugee Question Phil Cole

17. The Institution of the European Political Space: EU Borders, Freedom of Movement and the Refugee Status Caterina Di Fazio

18. The Emergence of the Euro as Imperialist Money George Labrinidis

19. Is a European Republic Possible? On the Puzzle of Corporate Domination Matthew Hoye

20. Europe and the Question of the Separation Between Private and Public Jean-Marc Ferry

Part 3: Debates and Horizons

21. On Emotion and the Politics of Status: The State of Populism in Europe, a Dutch Perspective. Sjaak Koenis

22. Race and Europe: Does a European Philosophy of Race Mean Anything? Magali Bessone

23. Interacting Entities: The Relationships Between Europe and Social Darwinism Michael Hawkins

24. The Two Invisible Cities of Europe Alexander Mikhailovsky

25. Philosophy, Europe, and America: Planetary Technology and Place-Based Indigeneity Ian Angus

26. Philosophical Humanity… Oder Europa: Philosophy, Modern Science, and the Europeanization of the World Emiliano Trizio

27. Otherwise Than Humanism: Anti-Judaism, Anti-Semitism in European Philosophy Joseph Cohen and Raphael Zagury-Orly.


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Darian Meacham is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology and the Co-Editor of Thinking After Europe: Jan Patočka and Politics (2016).

Nicolas de Warren is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is the author of Husserl and the Promise of Time (2010), A Momentary Breathlessness in the Sadness of Time (2018), and Original Forgiveness (2020).