About Darian Meacham

Darian Meacham is senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of the West of England, where he specialises in phenomenology and political philosophy. He blogs about politics and philosophy at www.post-europe.org.uk

Articles by Darian Meacham

This week's editor

Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Breaching the long litany of unlesses: a response to Simon Glendinning’s ‘Saving Europe from salvation'

The risk to Europe is a perpetuation of crisis by implacable erosion, and with this the abdication of political institutions from protecting the interests of citizens that they are responsible for and to.

Introducing three old ideas for a new Europe: flourishing, solidarity and care for the soul

These ideas--care for the soul, flourishing, solidarity--are ideas that according to Jan Patočka could be useful for reinterpreting our political space, in the face of a crisis which is shattering it.

Introducing this week’s theme: Old ideas for a new Europe

We have asked a diverse group of political activists and intellectuals to offer their reflections on these three old ideas - flourishing, solidarity and care for the soul – from the perspective of their activities and experiences.

Charlie Hebdo, refuse the logic of war

European governments and civil society can respond to terrorism by affirming and building democratic institutions and thereby refusing the logic of war. Initially, this seemed to be the French civic reaction.

Life after Europe: the Post-Europe Project

The joint editors of Europe – the very idea introduce the next stage of their project – a discussion inspired by the Czech philosopher and political dissident Jan Patočka. An invitation to discussion.

Europe needs some old ideas

If Europe is not for something then it is good for nothing. I propose that we think of Europe as being for flourishing.

Europeans are getting poorer, do you care?

Is the nation-state still the most viable form of political community or have the pressures of globalization reduced its possibility to maintain the well-being of its citizens in such a manner that we should look to a larger community of reciprocal solidarity, namely Europe?

Lessons from Lance - moralities of the human cyborg

The distinctions between 'natural' and 'artificial' performance enhancement are largely abitrary - humans are a thoroughly technologised species. It is the social context of Armstrong's actions that is the true site of moral failings.

The European Emperor has no clothes

Severe austerity measures cause malnutrition, homelessness and suicides across southern Europe. European institutions that apparently fail to protect their citizens from harm lose their legitimacy. The pro-European left should defend the values, not the institutions, of Europe and the quality of life of all its inhabitants

The humanities and the sciences depend on each other, so cutting humanities funding hurts the "hard" subjects too

The UK educational reforms, with their utilitarian emphasis on Science and Engineering, demonstrate no understanding of what makes for a good science research environment. The meeting of speculative and experimental sciences, as well as other areas of the humanities like literature, creates a general atmosphere of creativity, intellectual tension, and reciprocal engagement. It is probably impossible to nail down this atmosphere in any exact terms, but most scientists (in the broadest sense of the word) have a sense of it; it exists as much in a general culture as in a specific domain of academic life.
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