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EUROPE: PATRIMOINE COMMUN ET/OU DIFFERENCES?

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Author(s): Claude Alain Karnoouh

Journal: Romanian Journal of European Affairs (RJEA)
ISSN 1582-8271

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2002;
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Keywords: Council of Europe | culture | globalization

ABSTRACT
This approach starts from the premise – stated and assumed by the Council of Europe – that, within the cultural area, the aim is to build a cultural unity between past, present and future. In the context, the question that arises is to what extent the European entity is a genuine cultural entity, namely a cultural community. This dilemma can be explored with the support of a series of details provided by the philosophical, historical and anthropological thinking. The instruments of this approach are used to analyse the impact of the new society on a heritage under change, bringing to the forefront the aporia of modernity in relation to tradition: in order to be modern, one has to de-construct; however, one’s historical conscience values the past and therefore the past has to be preserved. The modern “post-industrial” age, which is subject to the dynamics of the globalised techno-science, faces the arrival of a generalisation of ‘patrimonialisation’, which sets a new difference between Western Europe and ex-communist Europe.
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