[...] Furthermore I know that some people think that a Pan-European identity doesn't exist. Those people forget that a nation is a political construction. In fact the French Nation has been built gradually in the 19th century with different group of people from different provinces. What had in common ?Breton people?, ?Picard people?, ?Provençal people? in 19 century? Every province had its own language, its own lifestyle, its own myths although they had a common background.The French Nation has been built on the common consent of these people. [...]
[...] What does it mean to be European ? ?Regarding Europe, we don't know where she took her name and who gave her that name? Herode 500 BC. Today as in Herodote's time, we don't know the origin of this word, the people who invented it, the picturing of this word for them, and the boundery of this space, described as Europe. However Europe and European exist. Whatever the confusion of the past about the European area, there is now a consensus on the main characteristics of this continent. [...]
[...] The EU embody the European myth of a pan-european identity as the Roman Empire, the Carolingian Empire or the IIIrd reich. But for the first time, this unity has been made peacefully in the common consent of European nations. In arcordance with the EU Treaty and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, EU identity is a mix of two ideology of nationalism : the french concept based on common consent and the German concept based on an objective reality. Thus the identity of EU is founded on a consensual agreement : ?every European state could intergrate The EU concept of identity is thinking as a surimposition.You could be in the same time : a man (sexual identity), heterosexual (sexual orientation), jew (religious identity), basque (regional identy), french (national identity), european (pan-european identity), and liberal (political identity). [...]
[...] That it's true. But it would suggest that the idea of the universality has an important place in the european culture. All the European history is stuffed by this value : the Crusades and the Colonialism movement were made to convert people (religious universality), the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was made by some french megalomaniacs for all the times and all the places (political universality), etc. Indeed when a european think of universilaty, he forget that it's typically an european way of thinking. [...]
[...] ] un plébiscite de tous les jours . Ernest Rénan in Qu'est ce que la Nation ? [...]
[...] You can not surimpose a new reality on the past. For instance Mozart was not German or Austrian. He was born in Salzburg in a part of the Holy roman Empire, he has made three trips in Italy, he has been played music in Vienne, Paris, Zürich, London, The Hague. Mozart was as much Austrian or German as European. Those who are attached to the notion of universalism or humankind, could say that this heritage belong to humankind and not to a continent or a particular culture. [...]
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Emilie D.PhilosophieWhat does it mean to be european?