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European institutions?

Meacham, Darian; Meacham, Darian Evan


Darian Meacham


© 2016 The British Society for Phenomenology. The aim of this article is to sketch a phenomenological theory of political institutions and to apply it to some objections and questions raised by Pierre Manent about the project of the European Union and more specifically the question of “European Construction”, i.e. what is the aim of the European Project. Such a theory of political institutions is nested within a broader phenomenological account of institutions, dimensions of which I have tried to elaborate elsewhere. As a working conceptual delineation, we can describe institutions as (relatively) stable meaning structures. As such, the definition encompasses phenomena like the European Commission, Belgium, marriage, the Dollar, the Labour Party, but also political subjects themselves. In order to develop said theory of institutions, I will draw primarily upon resources in the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and John Searle.


Meacham, D., & Meacham, D. E. (2016). European institutions?. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 47(3), 226-241.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 7, 2016
Publication Date Jun 16, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 11, 2016
Journal Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology
Print ISSN 0007-1773
Electronic ISSN 2332-0486
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 3
Pages 226-241
Keywords institution, European Union, Pierre Manent, phenomenology, Merleau-Ponty, politics
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology on 16 June 2016, available online:


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