Europe After Derrida: Crisis and Potentialities

Czajka, Agnes and Isyar, Bora eds. (2013). Europe After Derrida: Crisis and Potentialities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.



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.

Now, the contributors to this volume suggest that the contemporary crisis is a manifestation of an older and more fundamental crisis: the crisis of European identity. Centred on the questions of ‘What is called Europe?’ and ‘How should Europe be?’, it was diagnosed two decades ago by Jacques Derrida. It is a crisis to which Europe has thus far been unable to respond, yet one to which it must respond if it is to survive.

By revisiting Derrida’s diagnosis of the crisis of European identity, the book offers an alternative response to today’s crisis. The obstinacy of the crisis demands this reengagement with Derrida’s thought on Europe, and with Europe after Derrida.

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