Kondylis and the problem of nihilism

by Petridis, Raymond, Ph.D., THE NEW SCHOOL, 2013, 324 pages; 3566464


This thematic – around the axis of the key question of texture and formal presuppositions of Kondylean nihilism – study, which analyzes and systematically interprets the published and unpublished sources that make up the Kondylean corpus, constitutes the first complete philosophical monograph on the work of the Greek thinker. The project includes a general philosophical framework, serving as a background against which the aforesaid central problem running throughout this study is set out, followed by the analytical presentation of Kondylis’ distinctive type of theoretical nihilism and a section in which the latter is compared to other relativistic and universalistic philosophical accounts, which is used as a necessary foundation for the subsequent interpretive elaboration, as always with the key issue at the notional center. The interpretive part (chap. 5-10) has a further six chapters, the first three of which are devoted to the systematic investigation of the main logical/epistemological terms and preconditions of the Kondylean worldview and the extraction of the quintessence of Kondylis’ general theoretical standpoint, the next two to the contemplation of the fundamental – for the understanding and evaluation of the Kondylean panorama – concept of power (texture and properties) and its interweaving with the concept of identity – not only in the work of Kondylis but also beyond – while the last section presents an overall appraisal of the importance of the findings of this treatise accompanied by comprehensive critical observations vis-à-vis the entire Kondylean worldview as set out. The systematic philosophical position of this project can with dogmatic terseness be summarized in the following sentence: Logical or theoretical inconsistency constitutes a necessary condition for the action of each individual or collective subject who strives with reasonable chances for his/her social (read: dynamic-long term) self-preservation; and ultimately even for the action of the theoretician himself as a social existence to the extent that the theory, as a theory, happens to serve a practical social function and to possess the analogous specific weight in a social reality – thereby rendering also the said theoretician, just like any other individual subject, a ‘locus’ of the heterogeneity of ends, and perhaps even, from a certain viewpoint, more ‘human’ or ‘fragile’.

AdviserJay M. Bernstein
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsEthics; Philosophy
Publication Number3566464

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