Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Comrades’ Cause

To the group Σημειώσεις, my Athenian συντροφιά Since Carl Schmitt called his treatise on the enemy Theory of the Partisan (1962), I would call my treatise on the friend “Theory of the Comrade” (Θεωρία του συντρόφου), I would dedicate it … Continue reading

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The Absence of Critical Reflection from Greek Letters

When Manolis Vasilakis, the Editor of The Athens Review of Books, invited me to contribute an essay on Daniel Mendelsohn, the eminent American man of letters, whose work is well known and highly respected in Greece, I welcomed the opportunity … Continue reading

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The Place of Greek Literature in the World Republic of Letters

Greek writers who live in Greece play no role in what Pascale Casanova has called «the world republic of letters» (1999). Recognition in this prestigious republic eludes them. They are not unknown, and their presence is sometimes noted, but they … Continue reading

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At-tunement/Stimmung

Following Heidegger’s suggestion, Pantelis Polychronidis and I seek to master “with knowledge and will” (Being and Time, tr. Stambaugh, p. 132) and to harmonize our moods, our at-tunements with the world and with each other, as we behold the crescent moon and … Continue reading

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In the Mood

Some people are emotional while others are moody. Emotion confesses, mood places. Emotion represents a solitary feeling whose vintage expression is the lyric poem. “Mood makes manifest ‘how one is and is coming along’” (Heidegger, Being and Time, tr. Stambaugh, … Continue reading

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