Thesis Eleven 80 (1):47-73 (2005)

European integration needs to be analyzed in terms that address the normative self-understanding of the emerging polity or, in other words, the self-understanding of European modernity. While it is often argued that such European self-understanding is either entirely indistinct from the general self-understanding of the West, i.e. a commitment to human rights and liberal democracy, or highly problematic, because it makes overly ‘thick’ presuppositions, which are untenable against the background of European cultural diversity and risk to revive non-liberal European political traditions, the attempt here to reconstruct European political modernity suggests that the general, universalist commitment to liberal democracy is insufficient to understand Western polities, and it aims to propose this argument by elaborating a more complex concept of political modernity than can usually be found in political theory. The struggles about European political modernity across history are interpreted with a view to understanding how the self-understanding of a modern polity evolved and changed
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/0725513605049124
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 53,645
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity.Richard Rorty - 1989 - The Personalist Forum 5 (2):149-152.
An Intellectual History of Liberalism.Pierre Manent - 1994 - Princeton University Press.
Modernity, Capitalism and Critique.Peter Wagner - 2001 - Thesis Eleven 66 (1):1-31.
The Nascent Political Philosophy of the European Polity.Heidrun Friese & Peter Wagner - 2002 - Journal of Political Philosophy 10 (3):342–364.

View all 6 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

European Citizenship: Towards a European Identity?B. P. - 2001 - Law and Philosophy 20 (3):239-282.
Hayek, Habermas, and European Integration.Glyn Morgan - 2000 - Critical Review 15 (1-2):1-22.
Culturalism: When the Culture Becomes Political Ideology.Jens-Martin Eriksen - 2013 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2013 (163):131-146.
Does Europe Need Common Values? Habermas Vs Habermas.Justine Lacroix - 2009 - European Journal of Political Theory 8 (2):141-156.
Quasi-National European Identity and European Democracy.D. J. - 2001 - Law and Philosophy 20 (3):283-311.
The Integration of the European Union and the Changing Cultural Space of Europe: Xenophobia and Webs of Significance. [REVIEW]Laura Story Johnson - 2012 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 25 (2):211-224.
Quasi-National European Identity and European Democracy.Jos De Beus - 2001 - Law and Philosophy 20 (3):283 - 311.
Rights, Pluralism and Education in Europe - A Political-Philosophical Approach.Fabrizio Sciacca - 2010 - In Hauke Brunkhorst & Gerd Grözinger (eds.), The Study of Europe. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft.
European Liberalisms An Essay in Comparative Political Thought.Michael Freeden - 2008 - European Journal of Political Theory 7 (1):9-30.
Jürgen Habermas European or German?Charles Turner - 2004 - European Journal of Political Theory 3 (3):293-314.
The Reception of John Rawls in Europe.Cécile Laborde - 2002 - European Journal of Political Theory 1 (2):133-146.
Julien Benda's Anti-Passionate Europe.Jan-Werner Müller - 2006 - European Journal of Political Theory 5 (2):125-137.


Added to PP index

Total views
27 ( #369,343 of 2,349,142 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #511,414 of 2,349,142 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes