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Palgrave Macmillan

Europe Beyond Universalism and Particularism

ISBN 9781137361813
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Bringing together an international group of philosophers as well as political and IR international relations theorists, this collection mobilizes the insights of modern philosophy and the lessons of contemporary politics to develop a new concept of universalism that would be adequate to European politics in the context of globalization and multiculturalism. Europe is reinterpreted as a 'singular universal',– not a model that could be a source of identification, but rather a hypothetical, regulative, or virtual principle that consists in perpetual self-transgression and openness towards the other. The chapters in this volume elaborate this principle by critically re-engaging with the history of European universalism and addressing its contemporary functioning in the politics of European integration and European foreign policy. As a study in the conceptual foundations of contemporary European politics, this book will be of interest to a wide readership interested in global politics and international relations.

Susanna Lindberg is Professor of Philosophy, University of Tampere, Finland.

Mika Ojakangas is Professor of Political Thought at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Sergei Prozorov is Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

Introduction: Transcending Europe; Susanna Lindberg, Sergei Prozorov, Mika Ojakangas


1. European Political Universalism: A Very Short History; Mika Ojakangas
2. Is 'Europe' an Idea in the Kantian Sense?; Rodolphe Gasché
3. The Particular Universal: Europe in Modern Philosophies of History; Timo Miettinen
4. Different Ways to Europe: Habermas and Derrida; Matthias Flatscher


5. Unhomely Europe; Susanna Lindberg
6. Christian Europe: Borders and Boundaries of a Mythological Conception; Jayne Svenungsson
7. What is the Other of Europe?; Sergei Prozorov
8. Imagining Europe as Open Spaces; Ari Hirvonen

Matthias Flatscher, University of Vienna, Austria
Rodolphe Gasché, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Ari Hirvonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Timo Miettinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Jayne Svenungsson, Uppsala University, Sweden


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