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Ideals of freedom in the Greek Revolution and the political discourse of modernity

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Ideals of freedom in the Greek Revolution and the political discourse of modernity

Date

13 March 2021

Abstract

Political, but also national revolutions are, as a rule, founded on certain emblematic ideals, which act originally as motivations for revolutionary action and eventually provide legitimacy to it. In social and political revolutions in particular, it is debatable whether and to what extent the shape of things that eventually emerge from them in fact corresponds to the original emblematic ideals. For national revolutions, like the Greek Revolution, the question is particularly critical to the extent that emblematic ideals like freedom not only provide justifications of the revolutionary act itself, but also supply the normative foundation to the political self-determination and independent statehood sought by a people. The paper proposes to look at readings of the concept of freedom which played a decisive role in the Greek Revolution, trace the origins of such ideas in the philosophical and political ideas of the Enlightenment (and also of the Counter-Enlightenment) and at the appeals to them by the protagonists of the revolution.

(Edited abstract from organiser’s website)


From the book of abstracts, as it was published on NKUA's website.

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00:20:00

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BY-NC-SA Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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