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Modernity

The concept of modernity can be analysed from various points of view. A sociological perspective sees modernity as the historical era arising from feudal society’s profound transformation processes and that, starting with the Protestant Reformation, sees the emergence of the new bourgeoisie..

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Other

The process resulting in the definition of one’s own identity – hence an “us” – in an oppositional manner by, explicitly or implicitly comparing ourselves with “others”, is considered a universal movement in every society.

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Ethnocentrism

While empathy breaks down the barriers of borders, ethnocentrism – the supposed superiority of one’s own cultural world – is addressed at strengthening them, and if possible, at raising new ones.

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The Mediterranean

Mediterranean: literally the sea in the middle of lands, a bordering sea, and linking these lands. This characteristic makes the Mediterranean a sea that does belong to all the countries overlooking it, but to none in particular, a shared sea, not available for becoming private property..

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Freedom

The philosophical justification of the idea of freedom is one of those enigmas all great philosophers have addressed, often concluding their imposing attempts by acknowledging the impossibility to access a firm Archimedean point placing freedom on a incontrovertible theoretical pedestal..

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Reset
A month of ideas.
Giancarlo Bosetti Editor-in-chief
Association for dialogue and intercultural understanding

Cover Stories

IT ARTICLES for SEPTEMBER 27 - OCTOBER 12, 2011

Turkey's New Balance

Erdoğan’s Turkey is gaining respect as an indispensable player at both the regional and international levels. During the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, administration, Turkey has undergone many internal transformations, involving crucial issues such as the role played by the army, secularism and minority policies. But what are the still unresolved problems? And what are the objectives of the AKP government? In two interviews, ResetDoc posed these questions to two of Turkey's most respected and influential intellectuals, Soli Özel, a political analyst and professor of international relations at the Bilgi University and Kadir Has University in Istanbul, and Nilüfer Göle, a sociologist at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Shifting Identities and the Stakes of Turkish Democracy Nilüfer Göle, interviewed by Juliana DeVries
Changing the Debate over Turkey Soli Özel, interviewed by Giancarlo Bosetti
Erdoğan and Secularism Nicola Mirenzi
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