Category Archives: Philosophy

“Παίζουμε ένα ποίημα;”/11: Αλέκος Λούντζης: “Εξάγγελος” (η τραγική γνώση)

“Ποιός θα τολμήσει να ξεστομίσει την αλήθεια του χρησμού, να καταγγείλει την γραφικότητα της αιμομιξίας, αναρωτιέται αυτό το χορικό της τραγωδίας της μετα-νεωτερικής Ελλάδας των μετα-προγονικών Ελλήνων οι οποίοι ήρθαν ‘αργά στην εποχή’ τους αλλά δεν έχουν τη δύναμη να … Continue reading

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On not Reading Music (3)

Is there a study of the role of music in friendship,                                                                          a study of the way in which music helps people establish and maintain strong friendships, the way the love of music becomes a powerful code of communication for close … Continue reading

Posted in Attunement, Friends, Listening, Music

Exiting Greece

Forty years-ago this month, in September 1979, I left my native Greece determined to spend the rest of my life in self-exile.  This was my refusal of nativist normativity, my Non serviam/I will not serve. I was just three years … Continue reading

Posted in Crisis, Culture, Disengagement, Greeks, Hellenism, Left

Daniel Herwitz: “Politics and the Art of Rumination in William Kentridge”

Is it legitimate to frame an artist’s work around the question of politics, even when political issues are nearly omnipresent in it?  My dear friend and colleague at Michigan, philosopher and cultural theorist Daniel Herwitz, has seen the pair of … Continue reading

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“Παίζουμε ένα ποίημα;”/9: Θάνος Γώγος: Ντακάρ VI (μετά την ήττα)

Ποιητικές και φιλοσοφικές σκέψεις μετά την επαναστατική ήττα:  “Αν η επανάσταση οδηγεί παράδοξα στην συνταγματική αποκατάσταση της τάξης, τότε χρειάζεται μια πολιτική δράση που δεν ανατρέπει αλλά αδρανοποιεί, μια αποσυντάσσουσα δύναμη που απενεργοποιεί τον κυβερνητικό μηχανισμό”. 16 Αυγούστου 2019  

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Interpretive and attentive reading as modern spiritual exercises in self-rule

The exercises of interpretation have been one of my central cultural and scholarly interests.  I consider interpretation a major spiritual technology empowering the modern self to practice ethical self-rule as duty and submission.  My studies of classical listening in this … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomy, Bildung, Culture, Literature

On Jewish melancholy

In this blog I have been focusing on melancholic dispositions in three areas:  melancholy over the loss of a friend (ethics), melancholy over the loss of the revolution (politics), and melancholy over the loss of art (aesthetics).  At the same … Continue reading

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