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    Book Review: An Introduction to Antonio Gramsci: His Life, Thought and Legacy by George Hoare and Nathan Sperber

Book Review: An Introduction to Antonio Gramsci: His Life, Thought and Legacy by George Hoare and Nathan Sperber

In An Introduction to Antonio Gramsci: His Life, Thought and Legacy, George Hoare and Nathan Sperber contest the proliferation of various interpretations of his thought, instead arguing for a unified and consistent Gramsci. As the authors directly connect Gramsci’s life with his scholarly output, this introductory book has value to those newly encountering Gramsci’s thought as well as experts already familiar […]

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Nietzsche, Europe and the German question

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is best known for his critical texts on religion and morality, but how did he view Europe? Simon Glendinning notes that Nietzsche’s thought consistently exhibited a distinctively European orientation, with a conception of his own work as belonging to a European context, and not simply a German one or a more universal and global […]

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    ‘Neoliberal’ variants have dominated Europe’s history but they have paved the way for a new conception of human progress

‘Neoliberal’ variants have dominated Europe’s history but they have paved the way for a new conception of human progress

The term ‘neoliberalism’ is frequently used in contemporary political discussions, but while polemically effective, conceptually it lacks rigour. Simon Glendinning writes on the relationship between the concept and classical liberalism. He argues that by defining neoliberalism in terms of this relationship it becomes apparent that there can be more than one form of neoliberalism, and that we now live […]

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    Five minutes with Phillip Blond: “We’re looking at a complete collapse of standard left and right ideologies”

Five minutes with Phillip Blond: “We’re looking at a complete collapse of standard left and right ideologies”

Traditional political and economic models have been challenged by their inability to predict the financial crisis and their failure to bring about a return to prosperity. In an interview with EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown, Phillip Blond discusses the collapse of left-wing and right-wing ideologies, the new majorities that may take their place, and why despite the EU’s failings, […]

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The work of JS Mill shows the importance of a common identity to the principle of European federalism

The creation of a European federation raises a number of philosophical questions, both in terms of whether European federalism can be justified, and how a European federation could be constructed. Corrado Morricone writes on the work of the English philosopher John Stuart Mill. He notes that while Mill recognised the dangers in eliminating differences between European states, he would also […]

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The case for working less

Rather than ‘more work’, David Spencer argues that the pursuit of less work could provide a route to a better standard of life, including a better quality of work life. Reducing work time can be as much about realising the intrinsic rewards of work as reducing its burdensome qualities. It would also allow work to be shared more evenly across […]

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The work of J.S. Mill shows the danger in eliminating the differences between European nations

Simon Glendinning writes on the English philosopher John Stuart Mill’s views on Europe. He notes that Mill saw Britain as being very much a part of Europe, but that he also recognised important differences between European nations. Far from seeing these differences as a weakness, however, Mill viewed them as part of Europe’s strength. While some academics have called for […]

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Europe should reject Jürgen Habermas’ vision of a federal European state and instead create an enduring association between sovereign nations.

What should the ultimate aim of European integration be? Simon Glendinning writes on the argument put forward by Jürgen Habermas in favour of creating a ‘supranational democracy’ in Europe, with a common European government. Taking issue with Habermas’ interpretation of the philosopher Immanuel Kant, he argues that the creation of a supranational democracy is not only unlikely, but conceptually flawed. […]

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Book Review: Bakhtin Reframed

Visionary philosopher and literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) was largely ignored during his lifetime, yet his work has significantly impacted how we think about visual culture. His ideas renewed interest in the word-forming potential of the creative voice and he developed concepts which are bywords within poststructuralist and new historicist literary criticism and philosophy yet have been under-utilised by artists, […]

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voxEUROPP Episode 3: What does it mean to be European?

Today EUROPP launches the third episode in our voxEUROPP series of podcasts. Presented by Chris Gilson, voxEUROPP draws on academic experts from EUROPP to discuss the latest issues across European governance, economics, politics, culture and society, both at the European Union and national levels.

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In this voxEUROPP episode we hear from renowned philosophers and historians about what it means to be ‘European […]

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Terrorism is almost always morally unjustified, but it may be justified as the only way of preventing a “moral disaster”

Can terrorism ever be morally justified? Igor Primoratz writes on the nature of terrorism and whether it is possible to defend terrorist attacks in isolated cases. He argues that definitions of terrorism cannot be based on the identity of those resorting to it and must therefore be extended to include ‘state terrorism’. He concludes that while terrorism is almost always […]

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Book Review: Jean Baudrillard: From the Ocean to the Desert, or the Poetics of Radicality

Straightforward, combative, and radical with regard to both contents and method, this book considers Jean Baudrillard’s contributions to the literature on theory as poetry. With lashings of quotes from the works of this unique intellectual voice and thought-provoking takes on Baudrillard’s ideas, the book will certainly appeal to many intrigued readers, finds Thorsten Botz-Bornstein. Jean Baudrillard: From the Ocean to the Desert, […]

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Book Review: Habermas and European Integration: Social and Cultural Modernity Beyond the Nation-State

Few thinkers have shaped social and political thought on the European question to the extent of which Jürgen Habermas has in recent years. But with much of Habermas’s work on Europe found in his  journalistic writings, there remains a need for a more in-depth reflection and reconstruction on the subject. Shivdeep Grewal’s book Habermas and European Integration aims to do just this, […]

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Book Review: Adorno Reframed

Dismissed as a miserable elitist who condemned popular culture in the name of high art, Theodor W. Adorno is one of the most provocative and important yet least understood of contemporary thinkers. This book aims to challenge this popular image and re-examines Adorno as a utopian philosopher who believed authentic art could save the world. Jade Montserrat finds that the […]

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Rather than pursuing a dogmatic view of an ‘ideal’ European Union, we should cultivate greater debate about the nature of Europe and our place within it.

For many, Europe appears to be on an inevitable path towards greater integration and federalism, with the UK looking more and more for a way out of the EU. Simon Glendinning takes an in-depth look at the philosophical underpinnings of the contemporary debate over European integration, arguing against those who take a ‘dogmatic’ view of the march towards an idealised […]

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Governments should resist the ‘technocratic temptation’ and maintain their commitment to democracy.

In a recent EUROPP article, Cathrine Holst presented an argument in favour of ‘epistocracy’, or expert rule. Tom Angier writes that while arguments for expert rule can be traced as far back as Ancient Greece, a modern conception of epistocracy is doomed to be either ‘banal or dangerous’. He argues that we should resist the temptation to trade democracy for […]

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Book Review: Deleuze Reframed

Aimed at students and researchers in the fields of Cultural Studies and Visual Arts, Deleuze Reframed considers the influential work of Gilles Deleuze and the application of his key theories to art and creative spheres. Simone Belli finds that examples from contemporary history and popular culture are a welcome and interesting inclusion. Deleuze Reframed. Damian Sutton and David Martin-Jones. IB Tauris. Find this book:  “They […]

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The books that inspired Babette Babich: “the book that made me who I am as a scholar was Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason”

Babette Babich is an American philosopher known for her studies of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Adorno, and Hölderlin as well as for her work in aesthetics, including music, philosophy of music, the history of ancient Greek sculpture, and continental philosophy, especially continental philosophy of science and technology. Here she discusses the books that shaped who she is as a scholar, and recalls time spent as an impoverished student in the depths of libraries. […]

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Book Review: The Art of Philosophy: Wisdom as a Practice

In The Art of Philosophy, Peter Sloterdijk traces the evolution of philosophical practice from ancient times to today, showing how scholars can remain true to the tradition of “the examined life” even when the temporal dimension no longer corresponds to the eternal. Building on the work of Husserl, Heidegger, Nietzsche, Arendt, and other practitioners of the life of theory, Sloterdijk launches […]

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Book Review: Derrida Reframed

This introduction from K. Malcolm Richards provides a sound case for why students of the arts ought to give extra thought to Derrida’s work. Considering the philosopher’s most influential works, undergraduate students will also benefit from condensed and competent summaries of the work done by those who inspired him, finds Emily Coolidge-Toker.   Derrida Reframed. K. Malcolm Richards. IB Tauris. Find this book:  K. […]

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