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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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We, the Non-Europeans

We, the Non-Europeans

Derrida with Said

(p.108) Chapter 7 We, the Non-Europeans
Europe after Derrida

Engin F. Isin

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter investigates whether Derrida’s project—if seen under another heading— can be conceptualised as imagining a Europe after orientalism? I ask if Derrida’s insistence on reading the multiple and heterogeneous origins of Europe (Jewish, Arabic, Christian, Roman, Germanic, Persian as well as Greek) can be interpreted as an attempt to inherit—and thus steer—a Europe different from how orientalism would have us see it. If so, and under the current state of affairs, how well have we heeded the challenge of inheriting a different Europe? Have we contributed (and if so, how well) to the task of deorientalizing Europe? The chapter will conclude by investigating what remains of the task of de-orientalizing Europe and the manner in which this task can be carried out.

Keywords:   Derrida, European identity, Edward Said, Orientalism

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