The Idea and Values of Europe: From Antigone to the Charter of Fundamental Rights

This book discusses the 2450 year-long journey of the evolution of human rights, beginning from their earliest manifestation through Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone (442 BCE). It then moves on to look at the relationship between human rights and the likes of Cicero and Jesus, Erasmus and the intellectuals of the Enlightenment, before considering the very roots of the idea of Europe, which goes back to the liberal and federalist thought of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The book concludes with the Charter of the EU Fundamental Rights becoming legally binding for Member States in Lisbon in 2009. While inquiring into the origins of European shared values, it assesses their compatibility with a non-European culture and religion such as Islam.

Angelo Santagostino is Jean Monnet ad personam Chair in European Economic Integration at the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Turkey, where he delivers courses on Integration Theories, EU Policies and Economic Development. His research is focused on the EU integration process and classical liberal thought. He has published various books and journal articles, and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the American Economic Association and the Ankara International Rotary Club.

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ISBN: 1-5275-5059-1

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-5059-9

Release Date: 7th July 2020

Pages: 153

Price: £58.99