The Cultural Values of Europe

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What is the cultural identity of Europe? Are there specifically European values? Questions such as these are at the centre of a considerable number of political and scholarly debates in contemporary Europe. In this international best-seller, a group of acclaimed historians, sociologists and philosophers - including Orlando Patterson, S. N. Eisenstadt, Mark Mazower, Hans Joas and Wolfgang Schluchter - explore the value traditions of Europe to produce a fascinating and thought-provoking image of contemporary ...
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Overview

What is the cultural identity of Europe? Are there specifically European values? Questions such as these are at the centre of a considerable number of political and scholarly debates in contemporary Europe. In this international best-seller, a group of acclaimed historians, sociologists and philosophers - including Orlando Patterson, S. N. Eisenstadt, Mark Mazower, Hans Joas and Wolfgang Schluchter - explore the value traditions of Europe to produce a fascinating and thought-provoking image of contemporary European self-understanding. The volume combines two approaches, looking both at specific cultural traditions (for example, 'Athens and Jerusalem') and at specific values (for example, 'freedom', 'rationality').

Boasting some of the leading European thinkers, The Cultural Values of Europe will be required reading for anyone hoping to understand the common cultural ground in Europe.

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"A truly informative journey through a homeland that defines each one of us ... an erudite guide for Europeans all over the world."--Die Zeit

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846311383
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Joas is director of the Max Weber Center at the University of Erfurt and professor of sociology and social thought at the University of Chicago. Klaus Wiegandt is founder and CEO of Forum für Verantwortung.

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Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables     vii
Notes on Contributors     viii
Foreword   Hans Joas   Klaus Wiegandt     ix
The Cultural Values of Europe: An Introduction   Hans Joas     1
The Axial Age in World History   Shmuel N. Eisenstadt     22
The Judeo-Christian Tradition   Wolfgang Huber     43
The Greco-Roman Tradition   Christian Meier     59
How Europe Became Diverse: On the Medieval Roots of the Plurality of Values   Michael Borgolte     77
Freedom, Slavery, and the Modern Construction of Rights   Orlando Patterson     115
The Value of Introspection   Kurt Flasch     152
Rationality - A Specifically European Characteristic?   Wolfgang Schluchter     166
The Affirmation of Ordinary Life   Wolfgang Reinhard     187
Inner Nature and Social Normativity: The Idea of Self-Realization   Christoph Menke     217
The Status of the Enlightenment in German History   Reinhart Koselleck     253
The Dark Continent - Europe and Totalitarianism   Mark Mazower     265
Value Change in Europe from the Perspective of Empirical Social Research   Helmut Thome     277
The Realities of Cultural Struggles   Dieter Senghaas     320
The Contest of Values: Notes on Contemporary Islamic Discourse   Gudrun Kramer     338
Does Europe Have a Cultural Identity?   Peter Wagner     357
Glossary     369
Afterword   Klaus Wiegandt     372
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