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Spiritul împotriva politicii: despre intelectuali, Biserică şi integrare europeană

The spiritual against the political: on intellectuals, the church, and European integration
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Barbu, Daniel

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Abstract The paper provides the ideal-typical narrative of European integration manufactured by Romanian intellectuals and the official national Church (Greek-orthodox), that could be summarized as follows: in the realm of the spirit, Europe would have survived mainly in the East, shepherded by such intellectuals as the Romanian ones and by the spiritual legacy of the Orthodox Church; in political and economic terms, European Union is monitored according to secularist and relativist guidelines by the bureaucracy in Brussels. Whatever the latter, together with their Romanian counterparts, may have realized in the course of European enlargement is of little concern for the former. Both the Church and the mainstream intellectuals are engaged now in an operation that should have defined them long before the fall of state socialism: to boost intellectual non-conformity with respect to the political dominant discourse as a way of refusing the debate by taking it seriously. And they do it by means of the same narrative device that kept them silent under communism: they tell the story of the prevalence of culture and the spiritual over everything political.
Keywords European integration; intellectual; Romania; Orthodox Church; national state-church
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language Other language
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 9-24
Journal Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review, 11 (2011) 1
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works