nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2010‒03‒28
three papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
University of the Piemonte Orientale

  1. The European Heritage from a Critical Cosmopolitian Perspective. By Gerard Delanty
  2. Living better in a better world: Guidance and counselling in an ecosystemic model of culture By Pilon , André Francisco / AF
  3. The Recognition of Religion within the Constitutional and Political Order of the European Union. By Ronan McCrea

  1. By: Gerard Delanty
    Abstract: The question of the European cultural heritage and the wider historical legacy of Europe has been the subject of much discussion in recent years as is reflected in new approaches to memory and commemoration, values, and European identity. Unlike earlier histories, which generally contained a ‘grand narrative,’ new histories of Europe are now generally more cautious in their assumptions about a continuity or a narrative based on the advancement of civilization. The general trend is towards a greater recognition of rupture, which must be measured against continuity, a unity in diversity and a certain problematization of the received values of tradition. This paper looks at various models for theorizing the European heritage in the wake of the end of the Grand Narrative accounts and makes the case for a critical cosmopolitan approach.
    Date: 2010–02
  2. By: Pilon , André Francisco / AF
    Abstract: Cultural and epistemic backgrounds, subject-object relationships, assumptions and conflicts, are examined by heuristic-hermeneutic processes in the sociocultural learning niches. Diagnosis and prognosis of current problems take into account the connections (assets) and ruptures (deficits) between the different dimensions of the world, as donors and recipients: intimate; interactive; social and biophysical. The proposal presents not only a descriptive position, but also a normative position, critically inquiring into prevailing assumptions in view of design/debate, meaning-making, connections-mapping, democratic dialogue and social construction. Values, goals, and principles are considered in view of the transition from an non-ecosystemic to an ecosystemic model of culture.
    Keywords: education; culture; environment; ecosystemic; guidance; counseling
    JEL: I18 Z13 O21
    Date: 2010–03–13
  3. By: Ronan McCrea
    Abstract: This article analyses the recourse to religion as a source of law in the legal and political order of the European Union. It demonstrates that the legitimacy of religious input into law is recognised institutionally, symbolically and substantively. However, religious influence within the Union’s public order must accommodate cultural and humanist influences that can serve to limit attempts to reflect religious teaching in law and which are particularly restrictive of the influence of “outsider” faiths whose demands cannot be routed through culture and those faiths with extensive political ambitions. Thus, the Union’s approach is characterised by a complex and shifting balance between religious, cultural and humanist influences which is struck in a pluralist context that attempts to reconcile the differing balances between such influences in individual Member States with the need to maintain the open and sufficiently religiously neutral common European ethical framework necessary for the functioning of the Union as a polity.
    Keywords: Religion, Secularism, Constitutional Law, European Union, Fundamental Rights
    Date: 2010–01

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