Category Archives: Philosophy

The presence of the friend

Close friends who practice together the exercises of friendship-as-ethic                             mold each other into their Aristotelian “other self” under a bright sun like Vienna’s. In addition to … Continue reading

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Mahler’s melancholic marches

While attending recently a performance of Mahler’s 6th, and comparing the driving march that launches the opening Allegro energico to the heroic march launching the Finale (here 51:10), I started going through the composer’s symphonies until I suddenly realized that this genre appears … Continue reading

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“Παίζουμε ένα ποίημα;”/4: Μάριος Χατζηπροκοπίου: “Των γυναικών του Κωνσταντή” (πουστιά και ποίηση)

Εδώ συζητώ έναν “πούστικο θρήνο” που δείχνει ότι “η ταυτότητα φύλου είναι θέμα όχι σταθερής ουσίας  αλλά επιτελεστικής διαδικασίας.  Πουστιά, καθώς και ποίηση, είναι ζήτημα περφόρμανς.”   Below (first 32′) is an English-language lecture-performance at Brunel University in London by Dr. … Continue reading

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Werther’s lyric performance of a bardic self

The devastating aria “Pourquoi me réveiller?” in Massenet’s drame lyrique Werther (1892) portrays a poet (Werther) singing the poem of a poet (Ossian) singing (in a contest of poets). But things are even more complicated.  “Within the opera and without, the poem is … Continue reading

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“Παίζουμε ένα ποίημα;”/3: Ζ. Δ. Αϊναλής: «Ένα ποίημα για τη νύχτα» (o σύντροφος ποιητής)

“Οι σύντροφοι ποιητές τάζουνε ο ένας τον άλλο στο κοινό και δημόσιο μέλλον της φιλίας τους. Τα αισθήματα του ενός για τον άλλο αποτελούν αναπόσπαστο μέρος του έργου τους. Όμως το ποίημα αυτό, όπως και εκείνα των δύο προηγούμενων γενιών, … Continue reading

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Kant’s ethics of autonomous obedience

“Autonomy is a duty and a submission:  The proper way for individuals to be free is to autonomously prescribe for themselves the duty of autonomy, which (duty) is the free submission of their morally self-legislative will to its own law.” … Continue reading

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On not talking to a close friend (4)

Hegel to Hölderlin: «Your image, My Beloved, passes before me along with the joy of days gone by;                      yet soon it yields to sweeter hopes of our reunion. The scene of our long-sought and ardent embrace depicts itself even now … Continue reading

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