Category Archives: Philosophy

The 1819 Dresden Conspiracy (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/2)

I went for the first time to Germany last month with a specific purpose: To walk in the footsteps of revolutionary friends in Dresden, such as the comrades in this painting. “Two Men Contemplating the Moon” by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), … Continue reading

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An elegy for the Jewish cultivation of Hellenic self

The enchanting movie Call me by your name (2017) pays a melancholic tribute to a major project of Protestant modernity, the Jewish self-forming engagement with aesthetic Hellenism. The movie, based on André Aciman’s Künstlerromanby the same name (2007), deals with the … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Music, Culture, Hellenism, Literature, Melancholy, The "Greeks"

“Modernist Theory & Theater between the Tragic & the Melancholic”

Here is a video of two lectures at the University of Michigan in dialogue on modern tragedy:  the brilliant Ian Balfour (English, York) focuses on Shakespeare’s Hamlet while I focus on the tragedy that has been called Luigi Pirandello’s Hamlet, … Continue reading

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The listening self

Musicians do not play an instrument.  They are using instruments to play their body.  They resonate instruments in the echo chamber of their reverberating body. In attending or watching live performances, I have learned to listen not to the interpretation, … Continue reading

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“Greek Democracy in Crisis or Stasis”

“The decade of the Greek 2010s may be understood in two very different ways, both of them based on Leftist views of the explosive December of 2008: Either in terms of a biopolitical crisis whose victims need the government΄s pastoral … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomy, Crisis, Culture, Friends, Greek Literature, Greek Poetry, Left, Melancholy, Revolt, The Common

“Η ελληνική ποιητική γενιά του 2000”: Mιά συνέντευξή μου στη ‘Βαβυλωνία’

“Αντί η ποιητική γενιά του 2000 να πενθήσει τη χαμένη επανάσταση, προτίμησε να μείνει πιστή στο αριστερό πρόταγμα της αυτονομίας και στην ιστορική ρήξη της εξέγερσης.  Έτσι καλλιέργησε μια ριζοσπαστικοποίηση του στίχου προς αναρχίζουσες κατευθύνσεις.  Οι καινούργιοι ποιητές απορρίπτουν την … Continue reading

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The tragedy of revolution is that liberation conspires with terror.

A link to my scholarly project The Tragedy of Revolution: “A tragic understanding admits that revolution is subject to counter-revolution, that liberation is risking oppression.”

Posted in Melancholy, Philosophy, Revolution