Cultural Studies

Philippe Nemo

Was ist der Westen?

Die Genese der abendländischen Zivilisation
Übers. a.d. Französ. v. Karen I. Horn

[What is the West? The Genesis of Western Civilization]

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In this book, the French philosopher Philippe Nemo sets out to define briefly but clearly what western civilization means, guided by a philosophical and historical analysis of how it came into being.
What is the West? Does its civilization or culture possess a core unity which is deeper than its inner geopolitical divisions? Does it share values and institutions that make it one world which is distinguishable – for the time being at least – from the Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Arab Muslim and African worlds, and even different from the Orthodox East European, Russian, Latin American and Israeli worlds, which some say are closer to it? If it is true that the West shares important values and institutions, is there enough substance uniting the various countries that might justify, one way or another, their political union? And if, in the West, certain values have indeed achieved universality, whose loss or erosion would affect the whole of humanity, would this justify a defense of the West, not only against the threat of military action, but also against communitarian disintegration or cultural intermingling? The purpose of this essay is to explore the historical and philosophical evidence in order to shed some light on the notion of the West.

Philippe Nemo Geboren 1949; Studium an der Ecole normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud; Professor (Ordinariat) an der Ecole supérieure de Commerce de Paris und Leiter des »Centre de recherche en Philosophie économique« an der l'ESCP-EAP.

Karen I. Horn No current data available.


The following reviews are known:

In: Wirtschaft und Ehtik — 20 (2009), Nr. 1, S. 17–18 (Werner Lachmann)
In: Merkur — 61 (2007), S. 1154–1155 (Ulrike Ackermann)
In: Zeitschrift d.Savigny-Stiftung G — 126 (2009), S. 309–312 (Jürgen Weitzel)
In: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft (ZfG) — 54 (2006), S. 913–914 (Achim Landwehr)
In: Deutsche Welle —
In: Bücherbord — 31 (2006), S. 45 (Anton Grabner-Haider)
In: — (Josef Tutsch)
In: Polylog — 18 (2007), S. 114–115 (Franz Gmainer-Pranzl)
In: Herder-Korrespondenz — 60 (2006), S.376 (S.O.)
In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung — 4. Mai 2006, Nr.102, S.43 (Michael Schefczyk)
In: ORDO — 58 (2007), S. 267–268 (Peter Oberender)
In: Internationale Politik — 2012, S. 136–137 (Jan Techau)