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L’enjeu d’une réinterprétation des Lumières grecques. Deux lectures, de Dimaras à Kondylis

Abstract : Whether contested or celebrated for its Neo-Hellenic character, landmark of a great intellectual legacy to South-Eastern Europe, the Greek Enlightenment (Diaphotismos) is, since the creation of the Modern Greek state, at the center of a complex process of identity construction. These recurrent re-appropriations and re-interpretations of the Greek Enlightenment become even more complicated through the references to antiquity and to the myth of the “Greek miracle,” common to German philhellenism and used against the rationalist French model. It is thereby particularly interesting to examine how the issue of Greek identity (Hellenicity) crystallizes precisely at the intersection of these transfers, between the reference to the revolutionary French legacy and the romantic German tradition inherited by the Aufklärung. Based on a number of philosophical re-interpretations of Diaphotismos by such intellectual figures as Panagiotis Kondylis and Christos Giannaras, as well as Ioannis Theodorakopoulos, we will seek to explore the often conflicting ideological and philosophical stakes of these very re-interpretations. Our aim is to show how the issue of the Greek Enlightenment remains pivotal in all major debates that tackled the question of Hellenicity throughout the 20th century.
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Servanne Jollivet. L’enjeu d’une réinterprétation des Lumières grecques. Deux lectures, de Dimaras à Kondylis. Chryssanti Avlami; Franck Salaün; Jean-Pierre Schandeler. De l’Europe ottomane aux nations balkaniques. Les Lumières en question, Brepols, A paraître. ⟨halshs-03089356⟩



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