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2017 | 4(46) | 118-131

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A tribe called Europe? An “emotional” perception of reality

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Plemię Europa? „Emocjonalny” obraz rzeczywistości

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A main goal of this essay is the analysis of the contemporary phase of evolution of European “organism” by using approaches from political science and neuroscience. The transdisciplinary perspective allows for better understanding of finer points of human behavior which can be lost only in political science analysis. My simple and obvious assumption is that politics is about people. Human beings create groups, communities, etc. If it is so, maybe we should start with looking more closely into mechanisms of the most important part of ourselves. The brain. It is responsible for all human behaviour. Another crucial point is the connection between humans and environment. The concept of co-evolution is fundamental and very useful when we want to show intertwining relations between interiority (brain, body) and externality (behaviour, social and political structures). Europe may be the very context for this analysis, but it is most of all our humanity.
Głównym celem eseju są rozważania dotyczące obecnego stadium rozwoju „organizmu” europejskiego w perspektywie politologiczno-neurobiologicznej. Takie transdyscyplinarne podejście pozwala na dostrzeżenie aspektów postępowania człowieka, które często są pomijane w analizach politologicznych. Wychodzę z dość prostego i chyba oczywistego założenia, że podmiotem polityki jest człowiek. Grupa, zbiorowość to zgromadzenie ludzi. Skoro tak, to warto może przyjrzeć się mechanizmom działania organu kluczowego dla wszelkich zachowań ludzkich, czyli mózgu. Drugą istotną przesłanką jest koncepcja współewolucji i założenie związku między człowiekiem i jego otoczeniem. Celem jest pokazanie ważnego splotu zależności między wewnętrznością (mózg, ciało) i zewnętrznością (zachowanie, struktury społeczne i polityczne). Kontekstem dla tej analizy może być Europa, ale przede wszystkim jest nasze człowieczeństwo.





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  • Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw


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