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The Unbearable Elusiveness of the European Union's Spiritual Heritage

Alexandra Pimor;
Open Access English
  • Published: 16 Jul 2015
  • Publisher: Maney Publishing
  • Country: United Kingdom
‘Conscious of its spiritual and moral heritage the European Union is founded on the indivisible, universal values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity’. This remarkable assertion in the Preamble of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (EU) has received scant regard as the meaning of 'spiritual' is considered unproblematic. There is no interpretive guidance regarding the Preamble and still no convincing attempt at defining ‘spiritual’ in the European context. Discussions about the Union’s ‘spiritual dimension’ invariably insinuate references to its religious roots and historical relationship with Christianity. Similarly, 'spiritua...
free text keywords: B1, BL, Law, Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Spirituality, Christianity, Dignity, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Preamble, Sociology, European union, media_common.cataloged_instance, Politics, Environmental ethics, Pluralism (political philosophy)
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