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Europe after DerridaCrisis and Potentiality$
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Agnes Czajka and Bora Isyar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748683369

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748683369.001.0001

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The European Ideal in the Face of the Muslim Other1

The European Ideal in the Face of the Muslim Other1

(p.134) Chapter 9 The European Ideal in the Face of the Muslim Other1
Europe after Derrida

Zeynep Direk

Edinburgh University Press

In The Other Heading Derrida undertakes to think of Europe as a politico-ethical ideal, as a relation with alterity within and outside Europe. He reflected on Europe as mobilizing the Kantian idea of cosmopolitism and inquired into the possibility of its being a place for ‘democracy to come’. This chapter investigates some of the political debates in Europe on Turkey’s accession to the European Union and attempts to show that Europe after Derrida did not live up to this Derridean ideal of Europe. As the bulk of these debates end up concentrating on the Islamic complexion of Turkey and the effect that the admittance of a large number of Muslims into Europe would have on Europe’s characteristic traits, I focus on the relation with the Muslim Other as a site for the construction of Europe as a theologico-political ideal. Bringing together the insights of Derrida and Weber, I also explore the co-constitutive nature of the theological politics and technocratic governance of Europe, and its production democratization without democracy.

Keywords:   Europe, Derrida, European Union, Turkey, Islam, alterity, democracy

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