Europe is clumsily groping for her political identity. Her far older cultural identity looks easier to assess. Yet, the question of what European culture might be deserves asking. I suggest to look for the sources (not “roots”) of said identity in the basic experiences of the world which are summarized in the names “Athens” and “Jerusalem”, and in the way both were mediated by the Roman experience. Europe’s cultural identity proves to be eccentric: the points of reference are neither inside of the European space nor already given. They have to be acquired by learning. Hence an uninterrupted series of “Renaissances”.
Rémi Brague, Eccentric Culture (South Bend: Saint Augustine’s Press, 2002, 2009). Fifteen other translations, apart from the original French as Europe, la voie romaine.
Tom Holland, Dominion. How the Christian Revolution Remade the World (New York: Basic Books, 2019).
C. S. Lewis, De descriptione temporum, in: Selected Literary Essays (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969), 1-14.
The schedule for the course is:
Thu, 23 March 2023, 10.30-12.15 (Aula 15)
Fri, 24 March 2023, 14.30-16.15 (Aula 5)
Mon, 27 March 2023, 8.30-10.15 (Aula 15)
Wed, 29 March 2023, 8.30-10.15 (Aula 15)
Thu, 30 March 2023, 10.30-12.15 (Aula 15)
Fri, 31 March 2023, 14.30-16.15 (Aula 5)
Rémi Brague – professor emeritus of philosophy at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and former Romano Guardini Chair of Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; renowned scholar of classical and medieval philosophy, culture, and philosophy of religion. In 2012 he received the Ratzinger Prize. His publications include: Europe, la voie romaine (1992); La Sagesse du monde. Histoire de l’expérience humaine de l’univers (1999); La Loi de Dieu. Histoire philosophique d’une alliance (2005); Le Règne de l’ homme: Genèse et échec du projet moderne (2015).
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