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On Some of the Difficulties in Thinking about Europe’s Europeanization(s)

Vol.2, No. 1, September 2006
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Burkhard LIEBSCH (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

The starting point of the present article is Paul Valéry’s diagnosis of a “crisis of the mind” - the European mind - as made particularly manifest by the events of World War I. For Valéry, this crisis implies not only a questioning of the very basis of European culture, but a completely unpredictable and indeterminate future. Derrida countered this position by arguing that the elements of European culture worth preserving must also be maintained. Against the background of this issue, the author will ask how the resulting concept of an “im-possible” identity has to be perceived and which role memory can play in Europe’s search for it.