The Moral Identity of Europe: From Warfare and Civil Strife to “In Varietate Concordia”

Rakić, Vojin (2012) The Moral Identity of Europe: From Warfare and Civil Strife to “In Varietate Concordia”. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique, 25 (2). pp. 249-261. ISSN 0952-8059 eISSN 1572-8722

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t will be argued that the values of liberalism and peace are essential elements of the moral identity of Europe, as well as universal moral values. They will be contrasted to Europe’s history of warfare. An essential point of reference for the moral identity of Europe is going to be sought in Kant’s notions of the “ethical commonwealth” and “perpetual peace”. The link between this identity and cosmopolitanism will be established. In addition to that, the moral superiority of cosmopolitanism vis-à-vis its alternatives will be asserted on the basis of the concept of the “normative will”. This concept is going to be situated in the framework of four paradigmatic formulations of cosmopolitanism. The primary conclusion will be that a pre-condition for the preservation of the moral identity of Europe is a redefinition of the concept of “being European” in the direction of increasing cultural inclusiveness. In other words, Europe is to reformulate its cultural underpinnings in order to preserve its moral identity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Moral identity, Europe, Kant, Cosmopolitanism, Normative will, Inclusiveness.
Institutional centre: Centre for philosophy
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2022 13:15
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2022 13:15

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