Europe in the mode of as if
Abstract:This article is a close reading of Jozef Tischner's Historia filozofii po goralsku [History of Philosophy in Goral] (1997), considered alongside Barbara Cassin's Vocabulaire europeen des philosophies [European Vocabulary of Philosophies] (2004) and in the context of European unification. Written in the Goral dialect of Polish and recounting the history of philosophy as if it belonged to Gorals, Tischner's book re-imagines Europe as a space of reciprocity, equality, and freedom. This gesture is inseparable from the mode of as if, a mode that translation, literature, reading, and the future anterior tense all hold in common.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 02903, USA
Publication date: December 1, 2010