European Integration, Europeanization, Enlightenment, and Barbarism
What are the inspirations for contemporary europeanization ? What intellectual legacies does it accept ?
Founded on the avowed rejection of barbarism, what room does Europeanization make to the legacy of this very barbarism, which until recently has been as much a recurrent feature of European history as the Enlightenment?
Besides the invocation of a few great ideals and universal references (peace, Enlightenment, humanism, freedom, democracy, human rights, prosperity, progress), which readings, which philosophies, which value systems, which sociability networks inspire the foundations of European integration and the solving of the problems its actors face?
In 2011, for its first year, this seminar will put three different hypotheses on its agenda: the Kantian hypothesis; the liberal hypothesis; the mutualization of sovereignties and territories (where does this idea come from, how, and by which networks, places, and paths did it materialize?).