By Jacques Derrida

Caused by means of the unification of Europe in 1992 and by means of fresh occasions in jap Europe and the Soviet Union, Jacques Derrida starts off this compelling essay on modern international politics with the problem of eu identification. What, he asks, is Europe? How has Europe usually been outlined and the way is the present international scenario altering that definition? may possibly the clients of a brand new Europe call for not just a brand new definition of eu id but in addition a brand new state of mind id itself?

Navigating in and during texts of Marx, Husserl, and particularly Valéry, Derrida seeks a redefinition of eu id that comes with admire either for distinction and for common values. the opposite Heading appeals eloquently for a sustained attempt at considering during the complexity and the a number of hazards and possibilities of the modern global scenario with no resorting to effortless or hasty recommendations.

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The Other Heading: Reflections on Today’s Europe

Caused by way of the unification of Europe in 1992 and via fresh occasions in japanese Europe and the Soviet Union, Jacques Derrida starts off this compelling essay on modern global politics with the problem of ecu id. What, he asks, is Europe? How has Europe regularly been outlined and the way is the present international state of affairs altering that definition?

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Sin c e the time of Fichte, numerou s ex­ amples migh t attes t to this. In t he logic of INTRODUCTION xxxiv this " c a p it a l i st ic " and cosmopol i t i c a l dis­ course, wh at is proper to a particular nation or idiom would be to be a he ading for Eu­ rope; and what is p r oper to Europe would be, analog ically, to advance itself as a h ead­ ing for the uni ve rs a l ess ence of h um a nity. For example-it bears repeating-a s a heading for and as a League of Nat ions. " And so just as the logic of the example both forbids and necessitate s comparison between different philosophical discourses, so the task of thinking today , of thinking the today as the u np r ecedented , seems to both prohibit and demand a com­ parison b e tween two t i m e s : between the years following World War I when a League of Nations was established and the years fol- INTRODUCTION xxv ..

And when Derrida c ites the claims of " all French maj or­ ities to an avant-garde status, he argues that " such claims are being made today, as in the t im e of Valery, in t he name of a u niver s al idea: I NT R O D U C T I O N xxxviii W ithout exception, they claim for France, which is, of course, to say for Paris, for the capital of all revolutions and for the Paris of today, the rol e of the avant-garde, for exam­ ple, in th e idea of democra t i c c u lture, that is, quite s imply, of free c ulture its elf, which is founded o n an ide a of human rights, on an idea of an international law.

Might not the task of t h i nking "Today's Europe " de­ mand not only a new defi n i t i o n for European identity but a new way of thinking i dentity itself? And what if this r ethin k i ng of Euro­ pea n identity were not a search for the r ad i ­ c ally new-since this is often p recisely what the Old Europe sought or c l a i med - b u t the return to another origin of Old Europe , an ori­ gin that could never become the object of any search or discovery? Derrida asks in the beginning of The Other Heading whether the toda y of Europe will break with this exemplary logic or whether the Europe of today will simply present itself, INT R O D UCTION xxxvi once again, as one example among others, and thus, as the exemplary possibility of the law to which it bears witness?

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