The Other Heading: Reflections on Today’s Europe

The Other Heading: Reflections on Today’s Europe, trans. Pascale-Ann Brault and Michael B. Naas (Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1991).

Prompted by the unification of Europe in 1992 and by recent events in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Jacques Derrida begins this compelling essay on contemporary world politics with the issue of European identity. What, he asks, is Europe? How has Europe traditionally been defined and how is the current world situation changing that definition? Might the prospects of a New Europe demand not only a new definition of European identity but also a new way of thinking identity itself?

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