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07: European heritage

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German and English language

Heritage means a property, something we use in every-day life for our personal or social purposes: the cultural landscape, buildings, techniques, works of art and literature. But any such heritage, on the other hand, was handed over to us by our ancestors – for instance by our European ancestors. So we should not consider our-selves as the final users: this heritage should reach our descendants as well. Thus, heritage means something entrusted to our care and stewardship. And there is, third, an immaterial heritage of tasks, preferences or values, which our predecessors engaged us in. So the use of this heritage is not just a matter of “choice”, but also a responsibility. A complication in the present case is however that the European heritage must be regarded in a plural sense: how do we deal, in the light of the above, with this plurality? What do the “European heritages” look like from all these points of view?

READING LIST:

Charles Grant (ed.), Reshaping Europe: Visions for the future,
available at: http://www.cer.org.uk/pdf/p017_reshaping_europe.pdf

Robert Kagan, “Power and Weakness”,
available at:
http://www.policyreview.org/JUN02/kagan.html

Grahame Lock, “The Concept of Europe”,
available at: http://respublica.ulusofona.pt/the_concep_of_europe.pdf

Jan Sokol, “Europe : Sweat and Tears, rather than Blood”,
available at: http://www.berliner-konferenz.de/uploads/media/Jan_Sokol_Prof_Philosophy_Anthropology_Czech_Republic.pdf Thomas Jansen (ed.), Reflections on European Identity (available online at http://europa.eu.int/comm/cdp/working-paper/european_identity_en.pdf )

Speakers

Professor of political theory and philosophy at Nijmegen and Leiden Universities, Faculty Fellow in European Philosophy at Oxford University Chair
Dekan, Fakultät der Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Karls-Universität Prag Chair

B.A, PhD Grahame LOCK

Professor of political theory and philosophy at Nijmegen and Leiden Universities, Faculty Fellow in European Philosophy at Oxford University

 Study at University College London, King´s College Cambridge, Ecole Normale Superieure, rue d´Ulm, Paris
  University professor at Nijmegen University (Netherlands)
 Academic coordinator, Leiden-Oxford programme on Europe
since 1974 University Lecturer, subsequently professor at Leiden University (Netherlands)

Dr. Jan SOKOL

Dekan, Fakultät der Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Karls-Universität Prag

 Handwerkslehre, Fernstudium der Mathematik, später Anthropologie, graduiert und habilitiert in Philosophie
 derzeit Dekan der Humanwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Karlsuniversität Prag

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