Foundations of the Argument

  • Ray Kinsella
  • Maurice Kinsella


In this chapter we provide introductory reflections on core themes that are expanded on within this book, including a preliminary overview of the Troika and ‘Troikanomics’. Alongside this, we discuss our motivations for exploring these issues from a philosophical perspective. Our argument, in this context, is that recognising and recovering from the 'existential crisis' that is currently assailing the European Union (EU) requires a critique of the ‘givens’ that have contributed to the creation and perpetuation of this crisis (which continues to manifest itself in diverse ways). Until such time that the EU is willing to move past the 'Conventional Wisdom’ that has stymied its intellectual and moral development, it will not be able to embark on recovery in any meaningful or sustainable sense. If you begin with a flawed and contradictory EU (and Eurozone) that remains in crisis (notably, in Greece and Italy), and attempt to provide solutions without reflectively critiquing its underlying orthodoxies, then it is unlikely that these solutions will garner successful results. Existential crisis is, in such instances, likely to remain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ray Kinsella
    • 1
  • Maurice Kinsella
    • 2
  1. 1.Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business (Formerly)Co DublinIreland
  2. 2.The Galilee House of StudiesAthyIreland

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