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Europe after Derrida

Crisis and Potentiality

Edited by Agnes Czajka, Bora Isyar

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Having anticipated a crisis-to-come, what can Derrida offer Europe now that the crisis has come?

Is Europe’s crisis just a financial one? It has been widely understood as such, yet its scope and implications far exceed Europe’s financial markets. As the crisis deepens, the previously unspeakable – the dissolution of Europe – begins to be whispered.

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Notes on Contributors
Introduction: What will Become of Europe?, Agnes Czajka and Bora Isyar
1. Mind the 'Cap', Samuel Weber
2. Derrida's Europe: 'Greek, Christian and Beyond', Simon Glendinning
3. A Roman Europe of Hope: Reading Derrida with Brague, Bora Isyar
4. Other Shores: Insularity, Materiality and the Making (and Unmaking) of 'Europe', Stuart McLean
5. Europe's Constitution for the Unborn, Matthias Fritsch
6. The Borders of Contemporary Europe: Territory, Justice and Rights, Tracey Skillington
7. We, the Non-Europeans: Derrida with Said, Engin F. Isin
8. Of Europe: Zionism and the Jewish Other, Sherene Seikaly and Max Ajl
9. The European Ideal in the Face of the Muslim Other, Zeynep Direk
10. Christianity, Secularism and the Crisis of Europe, Ian Anthony Morrison

About the Author

Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the Open University, Milton Keynes

Dr Bora Isyar is Lecturer in Political Theory at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland


This is an outstanding collection of essays on the recent history, the contemporary predicament, and the future promise of Europe. Inspired by Jacques Derrida’s reflections on Europe in The Other Heading and elsewhere, these essays pose critical questions regarding the past problems and the future prospects of Europe’s geographical, economic, political, cultural, and, especially, religious identity. It’s a collection as unified and diverse, as compelling and provocative, as "Europe itself".

- Michael Naas, De Paul University

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