Category Archives: Autonomy

The protesters’ raised hands

Today, as riot police dispersed the last protesters in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest area, which became an “autonomous zone” for the past two weeks as part of nation-wide protests against police brutality, images of the zone’s creation and operation … Continue reading

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Betraying the revolution

While Bertolt Brecht in his learning plays explored the antinomies of revolutionary autonomy, Heiner Müller responded by experimenting in his learning plays with the revolt against autonomy, specifically, the betrayal of the revolution.  The tragic structure of Brecht’s The Measures … Continue reading

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The antinomy of autonomy

In my current research project, The Tragedy of Revolution, I argue that α central topic of modern tragedy is the ethico-political dilemma of rebellion, namely, the predicament of the revolutionary beginning caught between limitless self-authorization and self-limiting rule. Modern tragedy … Continue reading

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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

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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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Regimes of rule

Who is authorized to exert what authority and who has dominion over what domain? Since my current research project focuses on the tragedy of revolution in modern drama, I am especially interested in questions of rule, such as sovereignty, domination, … Continue reading

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The 1916 Event “Cabaret Voltaire” in Zürich (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/10-end)

If rebels are damned and comrades turn into hermits, is it still possible to join friends in planning together the next revolt? In fact it is possible, especially among emigrés in a cosmopolitan city, as I remembered when I took … 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

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“Η ποιητική ως πολιτική θεωρία: Ήττα, απόγνωση και μελαγχολία στη μετεμφυλιακή αριστερή ποίηση”

[Ανακοίνωση στην εξαίρετη διημερίδα “Το περιοδικό Σημειώσεις: Άνθρωποι, πολιτικές, θεωρίες” στις 28 Οκτωβρίου 2017 στη Θεσσαλονίκη.  Στο βίντεο της συνεδρίας το οποίο αναρτήθηκε στο ΦΒ η ομιλία είναι στο 31:00-1:00:00. Αναδημοσιεύθηκε στο ZHN: ThePressProject Magazine στις 11 Νοεμβρίου 2017.] Με την μελέτη … Continue reading

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The agonistic politics of eris, stasis, polemos

Questions of contest, strife, division, and war have been central to my autonomist politics.*  These questions have been circulating in my research explicitly since the 1980s. Here is a representative passage from my paper “The Rule of Justice” (1993): We … Continue reading

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