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Integration and Enculturation in Past and in Future: A Philosophy of Migration.

Marcin Rebes

Integration and enculturation are important problems faced by contemporary Europe, and the influx of refugees has brought the problem of European integration into question. Many countries worry about terrorism, but also the loss of national cultural heritage (or in the case of multinational states, of a common heritage), and are now reflecting on the meaning of European integration and the efficiency of the political project of enculturation.Therefore, in seminar paper I would like to raise the question of what is European integration and migration. The seminar paper will consist of two parts.In the first part, the problem of integration and its influence on the process of disintegration the European identity would be presented. Threats coming from the outside, such as an increase of terrorism, but also caused by the phenomena of xenophobia and extreme nationalism (isolationism), could jeopardize the security of Europe. The only way of preventing these problems is integration, which at its base should be a reflection of man and his understanding of his community. In the second part of the seminar paper we would talk about migration. This problem can not only be considered in the context of social, political and cultural values, but also philosophical. European culture is formed on the basis of dialogue and therefore it's important to analyse the mutuality of the relationship. The concept of migration as viewed by philosophy is based on the close relationship between the host and the foreigner (Xenos), as discussed by Jacques Derrida in his consideration of hospitality. Particularly important here is the voice of hermeneutics, which looks for a way of indexing the issue of migration and enculturation on the basis of relationships.This seminar paper could be a valuable contribution to the problems of migration and integration, which appear to be one problem.

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