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Europe, or The Infinite Task: A Study of a Philosophical Concept Rodolphe Gasché

Europe, or The Infinite Task: A Study of a Philosophical Concept

Rodolphe Gasché

Published December 22nd 2008
ISBN : 9780804760607
Hardcover
432 pages
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What exactly does Europe mean for philosophy today? Putting aside both Eurocentrism and anti-Eurocentrism, Gasché returns to the old name Europe to examine it as a concept or idea in the work of four philosophers from the phenomenologicalMoreWhat exactly does Europe mean for philosophy today? Putting aside both Eurocentrism and anti-Eurocentrism, Gasché returns to the old name Europe to examine it as a concept or idea in the work of four philosophers from the phenomenological tradition: Husserl, Heidegger, Patocka, and Derrida. Beginning with Husserl, the idea of Europe became central to such issues as rationality, universality, openness to the other, and responsibility. Europe, or The Infinite Task tracks the changes these issues have undergone in phenomenology in order to investigate Europes continuing potential for critical and enlightened resistance in a world that is progressively becoming dominated by the mono-perspectivism of global market economics. Rather than giving up on the idea of Europe as an anachronism, Gasché aims to show that it still has philosophical legs.