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Europe - a philosophical history, part 2: beyond modernity

Glendinning, Simon (2021) Europe - a philosophical history, part 2: beyond modernity. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9781138580350

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Europe is inseparable from its history. That history has been extensively studied in terms of its political history, its economic history, its religious history, its literary and cultural history, and so on. Could there be a distinctively philosophical history of Europe? Not a history of philosophy in Europe, but a history of Europe that focuses on what, in its history and identity, ties it to philosophy. In the two volumes of Europe: A Philosophical History – The Promise of Modernity and Beyond Modernity – Simon Glendinning takes up this question, telling the story of Europe’s history as a philosophical history. In the wake of two world wars of European origin, Europe’s modern promise of universal peace, freedom and well-being for all humanity lay in ruins. In Part 2, Beyond Modernity, Glendinning picks up the story of this promise after the Second World War. Taking in Isaiah Berlin’s defence of a pluralist ideal, Francis Fukuyama’s vision of a new ‘end of history’ in liberal democracy, and Jacques Derrida’s critique of the very idea of an end of history, Glendinning invites us to affirm a new philosophical-historical self-understanding: not the history of the rational animal on the way to its final end, with Europe at the head, but a history of the unpredictably self-transforming animal without a final end. In this context, Glendinning argues, Europe remains promising, its cosmopolitan heritage opening a future beyond its exhausted modernity.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2021 Routledge
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2021 11:03
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:32

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