The Monological Discourse in the EU, and the Decline of Values

Metin Boşnak

Abstract


Turkey’s tantalizing accession to the EU can be approached from various angles such as economic, cultural, historical and civizational as well as  and mercurial power politics.  I want to approach the matter from a purely philosophical and theoretical angles to bring to the fore the suppositon that Turkey or whatever she represents to the Western eyes is already in the EU, and the West whatever it may represent to the Turks or the “Orient” is already inherently visibly in Turkey.  The problem here is to ask what underlies the West, which has so many ramifications in itself, and clash of cultural heritage. Any attempt o delve into the origins will fail to revoke any ultimate response from our archeology of knowledge, and will only unearth Janus’ Face, whose dialogical implications have been long forgotten in the wake of such policy-based concepts as “the end of history,” and “clash of civilizations.” Turkey  exactly represents the Janus’ face in that the Turkish Rebublic born out of the ashes of the defunct Ottoman Empire, which have left the traces of it civilization both in the East and West. Turkey can help dialogize between the Eureopean West, and American as well as the Middle eastern and Asian and African civilizations, which have long lost cultural contact, and, however, maintained only an interest-based, and capital-woven dialectic

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