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The other heading : reflections on today's Europe

Author: Jacques Derrida
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1992.
Series: Studies in Continental thought.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Prompted by the unification of Europe in 1992 and by recent events in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Jacques Derrida begins this compelling essay on contemporary world politics with the issue of European identity. What, he asks, is Europe? How has Europe traditionally been defined and how is the current world situation changing that definition? Might the prospects of a New Europe demand not only a new
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Derrida, Jacques.
Other heading.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)645821556
Named Person: Paul Valéry; Paul Valéry
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques Derrida
ISBN: 0253316936 9780253316936
OCLC Number: 25282614
Notes: Translation of: L'autre cap.
Description: lix, 129 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Today --
The other heading --
Call it a day for democracy.
Series Title: Studies in Continental thought.
Other Titles: Autre cap.
Responsibility: Jacques Derrida ; translated by Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael B. Naas ; introduction by Michael B. Naas.

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Prompted by the unification of Europe in 1992 and by recent events in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Jacques Derrida begins this compelling essay on contemporary world politics with the issue of European identity. What, he asks, is Europe? How has Europe traditionally been defined and how is the current world situation changing that definition? Might the prospects of a New Europe demand not only a new definition of European identity but also a new way of thinking identity itself?

Like a navigator, Derrida sets out from a Europe that has always defined itself as the capital of culture, the headland of thought, in whose name and for whose benefit exploration of other lands, other peoples, and other ways of thinking has been carried out. If such Eurocentric biases are not to be repeated, Derrida warns, the question of Europe must be asked in a new way; it must be asked by recalling another heading. Not only is it necessary for Europe to be responsible for the other, but its own identity is actually constituted by the other. Rejecting the easy or programmatic solutions of Euruocentrism or anti-Eurocentrism, of total unification or complete dispersion, Derrida argues for the necessity of working with and from the Enlightenment values of liberal democracy while at the same time recalling that these values do not themselves ensure respect for the other.

Navigating in and through texts of Marx, Husserl, and especially Valery, Derrida seeks a redefinition of European identity that includes respect both for difference and for universal values. The Other Heading appeals eloquently for a sustained effort at thinking through the complexity along with the multiple dangers and opportunities of the contemporary world situation without resorting to easy or hasty solutions.

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