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Department of Philosophy

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01st June 2017: Professor Mark Kelly - Whither Europeanism?

(28 July 2016)

Weekly Research Seminar

This Weekly Research Seminar will commence at 11:30am in room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham. Refreshments will be available from 11:00am with the talk commencing at 11:30am.

Title: Whither Europeanism?

Étienne Balibar has established himself as the foremost proponent in contemporary French philosophy of Europeanism as a political-philosophical position, that is, the adoption of both the idea of Europe and the institution of the European Union as constituting fundamental coordinates for political thought in Europe today. In light of major ongoing concrete developments, in particular the Greek debt crisis and the Brexit vote, I critically interrogate Balibar’s position. I will suggest that his commitment to Europe in the current situation lacks any basis beyond an arbitrary decision – or, increasingly in the British public sphere, a reactive defence of the status quo – and that there is no possible radical form of Europeanism, even if another Europe does remain possible. Instead, on this, my first visit to Europe since the British referendum, I will argue for radical agnosticism in relation to Europe, that there is no good reason to refuse or adopt Europe as a political horizon.


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