A Latin Empire versus German Hegemony? Agamben on contemporary Europe

A provocative piece by Giorgio Agamben, drawing on a 1945 essay by Alexandre Kojève. Thanks to Elliott Jarbe and Sebastian Budgen for the link.

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3 Responses to A Latin Empire versus German Hegemony? Agamben on contemporary Europe

  1. Chathan says:

    Perhaps I’m being stupid but I wonder what the place of Greece, Poland and the former Yugoslavia would be in this newly demarcated Europe that Agamben so smugly draws out. Can’t help but be sceptical at this kind of analysis.

    • stuartelden says:

      I can’t answer for him, of course, but I suppose he’d suggest that Western Europe is really what is at stake here. It’s a terribly crude geographical analysis, that buys into all sorts of problematic assumptions about language, culture, and possibily religion too. As with many things here I posted it as it was interesting, not because I agreed with it.

  2. Ernst Laub says:

    I do not believe in a Latin Empire (Napoleon and Mussolini have already tried it). I rather think that an officially French speaking “Holy German Empire of European Nations” has much more chances. (A provocation from Switzerland: “La provocation, c’est ma vocation!”)

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