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The Cultural Values of Europe

Hans Joas and Klaus Wiegandt


What is the cultural identity of Europe? Are there specifically European values? Questions such as these are at the centre of a considerable number of political and scholarly debates in contemporary Europe. This book examines innovations and value traditions of Europe to produce an image of contemporary European self-understanding. It combines two possible approaches, examining both specific cultural traditions (‘Athens’ and ‘Jerusalem’) and specific values (‘freedom’ and ‘rationality’).

Keywords: cultural identity, Europe, European values, scholarly debates, innovations, value traditions, European self-understanding, cultural traditions, Athens, Jerusalem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781846311383
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315800


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans Joas, editor

Klaus Wiegandt, editor

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