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Fear, love, hope – European political passions
Fear, love, hope – European political passions

Author(s): Evert Zweerde van der
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Lietuvos mokslų akademijos leidykla
Keywords: passion; constitutional patriotism; European identity; democracy; politics / the political

Summary/Abstract: In this paper, it is argued that rational considerations alone are insufficient for the much-needed increase in the commitment of EU citizens to the polity that is theirs. The coming-to-be of the European dèmos, instead of or in addition to the national political communities will not only be a relief to the numerous national groups that do not “have” a national state, but is also a condition for addressing the geopolitical, socio-economic, and environmental problems that Europe is facing. Making use of the theoretical notions of ‘the political’ (as distinct from politics), ‘matrie’ (as distinct from patrie), and ‘res publica’ (as distinct from national government), this paper explores the chances of three major political passions, viz. fear, love, and hope.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 3-16
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English