Disclaimer: Nothing within this page or on this site overall is the product of Panagiotis Kondylis's thought and work unless it is a faithful translation of something Kondylis wrote. Any conclusions drawn from something not written by Panagiotis Kondylis (in the form of an accurate translation) cannot constitute the basis for any valid judgement or appreciation of Kondylis and his work. 



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Under no circumstances shall I entertain enquiries or comments not about P.K.'s work or the implications of his thought. If you are interested in particular Values (and Tastes), I shall NOT debate you about the Content of those particular Values (and Tastes) because Science (Scientific Observation) knows that Values (and Tastes) are Time-Bound and Place-Bound (and (mutably) individual-bound in respect of at least some degree of (mutable) Group-bindedness) and RELATIVE (whilst all human societies must or inevitably have Dominant Values, Tastes, Norms, Customs, Laws, etc. - which I personally always abide by, or at least not knowingly breach, if I am within a particular jurisdiction, whether I agree with the Dominant Values, Tastes,... Laws or not, or whether I am "impressed" by the distribution of the various forms of Power, including GROSSLY DISPROPORTIONATE crystallisations, accumulations and concentrations thereof, wielded through and behind such Values, Tastes,... Laws, etc., along with the attendant Dominant Culture(s), within a society, or not). I am not interested in Wasting my Time writing to Morons. [TIP: Perhaps if we get all of Kondylis's work translated into English and checked, proofed, "perfected",... by a Team of Serious Scholars at least at the level of ability of e.g. a Talcott Parsons - though I doubt that even that is at a standard high enough, and then if we also, inter alia, render the Brunner, Conze, Koselleck Basic Historical Concepts into English, whilst also learning Ancient Greek and Latin from the beginning, then we might - though I seriously doubt it, be in a position to have a Discussion.]

If you do write to me bona fide, please allow some time (a few days... or longer) for me to answer. [FURTHER TIP: Don't make a fool of yourself! Knee-jerk reactions - something like an amoeba moving within its immediate environment without understanding anything of substance, or rather, anything at all - to something you read written by P.K. without contemplating fully what he is saying in the context of all of his work, essentially amount to an admission of ignorance, if not stupidity. Every book and article written by P.K. interrelates and, as it were, interlocks with every other book and article by him, which means P.K. covered everything essential from all angles and cannot be defeated in theory (of course, clarifications, expansion, etc. are always possible, and that's what he was doing, inter alia, at the time of his premature death...). But in respect of the translations within this site, Going Head-to-Head with P.K. means YOU LOSE! (Who would in their right mind get into the Ring against Sugar Ray Robinson at Sugar's peak and on a good night for Sugar, and seriously think he would stand a chance against the greatest ever practitioner of the Sweet Science?) HahahahaHa!!!]


The "Beauty" of P.K.'s work seen in toto is that Everyone [[- All Sides -]] with a genuine interest in theory and science can (potentially) learn (at least something) from it. His analyses and presentations of the subjects he grappled with are Unique in the History of Thought, and if Reinhart Koselleck's intellect could be challenged and enlightened by P.K. and if Koselleck viewed P.K.'s major works as something like reference books, then it goes without saying the rest of us - few as we are - can start a life-long process of study if we are interested, have the extreme self-discipline which is absolutely necessary, and Time. "The Academy", for good or ill, is largely staffed by Ideologues - at best, and alas too often by Total Imbeciles, to have anything to do with consistent, let alone absolutely consistent, Science (and that includes those who "pretend to be objective"). Luckily the History of Thought in the West provides for an Incomparable Academy from which P.K. drew and passed on to us in a never-to-be-repeated and very likely never-to-be-surpassed manner.



If there are any matters of Scientific Interest pertaining to the History of Ideas and Social Theory in general (not) Covered by P.K. and raised as matters of concern by Readers, I might deal with them on this Page, if they seem to be of great interest and it is appropriate to do so. [TIP #3: P.K.'s work, immediately or eventually, one way or another, must be ignored, sidelined or destroyed. It constitutes a unique privilege for a very limited number of people to partake of "the revealing of some, most or all of its secrets"]


Science Requires Hard Work. Don't Expect Easy Answers to Difficult Questions and Complex Problems. 

I would be most grateful to anyone who points out any spelling and other such "typographical" mistakes, or any passages which are not understood even after several readings (Kondylis's texts, either in German or Greek, often require certain sentences or even paragraphs to be read a second or multiple times to be fully comprehended, so obviously or probably at least the same would apply to any faithful translation in another language. Moreover, Kondylis does not normally use multiple nouns, adjectives, whether in parentheses or not, etc. as I do in the translations simply because a German or Greek word Kondylis uses often denotes and or connotes more than one meaning in English, and I, in the translations, have placed a greater emphasis on faithfulness to the original texts than on English-language style. Personally, I made myself become a Style Councillor in Greek, not in English (which I respect, but do not love), i.e. I am a ψυχικός, διανοητικός, πνευματικὸς καὶ συναισθηματικὸς Παλιννοστών).

For readers who write to me via aliases etc.: I have no problem with that, I would always respect your anonymity, but the internet allows those with the means, to find out information such as the real sender of an email... so don't (try to) be a "smart arse' or "wise guy"... if you write to me bona fide, I shall, if I have the time, answer bona fide... though I do have a (wicked) sense of humour... too!... (by the way, don't call or text me. I would only ever answer the phone if a Παλαιολόγος or a Κομνηνὸς was calling or texting, and stuff like dat, don't happen, no dey do not...).






GET THIS THROUGH YOUR THICK HEADS!!! P.K.'s TEXTS, WORK AND THOUGHT DO NOT BELONG TO THE CENTRE, THE LEFT OR THE RIGHT, WHETHER "EXTREME" OR "MODERATE", BECAUSE THEY ARE NON-NORMATIVE, DESCRIPTIVE AND EXPLANTORY, AND QUA SCIENCE, ABSOLUTELY NEUTRAL IN TERMS OF NORMATIVE VALUES, AND NO CHANGE OF ANY KIND, SORT OR FORM WHATSOEVER IS SOUGHT, EVER.

"CONTRA OMNES" MEANS CONTRA OMNES...

AND DON'T FORGET, EVEN IF YOU ARE INTELLIGENT OR RELATIVELY INTELLIGENT, YOU'LL STILL NEED AT LEAST A FEW YEARS TO GET A FAIRLY GOOD GRASP OF THE KONDYLISIAN MIND, AND IF YOU ARE SERIOUS, YOU'LL NEED A DECADE OR SO, INCL. TO LEARN GERMAN, ANCIENT GREEK AND LATIN, IF NOT FRENCH, ITALIAN AND SPANISH AS WELL.

[FINAL TIP: In 2018, uploaded to YouTube are various talks, seminars, discussions about P.K. in Greek. Some of the speakers have studied P.K.'s work for decades and or even knew him personally. Most of those people are very intelligent, serious scholars, writers and thinkers. I was amazed at how much "crap" I heard!!! I'm quite sure if P.K. knew, he would die a second time from laughing too much!!! One of the sources for the various misinterpretations and misunderstandings is that Power and Decision is not seen in the context of The Political and Man (e.g. discussion on Power and Decision focused on the founding of the polity!!!, when the book clearly states on the cover that it is about "the formation of world images and the question of values"!!!, not to mention it is completely overlooked that the book refers to three subjects of the decision: mankind, the group (in extremely different social and historical forms), and the individual, with the fundamental decision(s) of mankind taking place over many long and hard millennia, etc.. In other words, the collective dimension of thousands of years of human evolution is not even contemplated as the discussion devolves into (heated and passionate verbalisations and gesticulations as to) how much Schmitt was a Fascist, along with assertions of the "inviolability" of the notion of "humanity" and that friend/foe is simply grotesque (and not an absolute, trite social(-political) reality as P.K. demonstrated comprehensively in The Political and Man)!!! It is very clear to me, as someone who knows P.K.'s thought word by word, line by line, paragraph by paragraph, page by page, chapter by chapter, article by article, and book by book, like very few others, if anyone else (apart from two roughly contemporaries of P.K. somewhere in Germany who normally don't get involved in "academic discussions", and probably sit comfortably with a nice (wry) smile on their faces - my regards and love to them!), that lapsing into normative considerations and preferences is something nearly all people cannot get over, i.e. "spinning" matters in such a way as to take discussion to places that are absolutely irrelevant for P.K.. Apparently, it is simply too much to ask of people who have read Kondylis even for years and in detail and are "Professors" to stick to the textual meanings and overall context(s) of P.K.'s thought and the totality of his truly vast oeuvre!!! Dear-oh-dear! How much must the Dead be Laughing at Us Down Here!!! Absolutely Hilarious Stuff!!!). Given that my translations DEFINITELY require a thorough going over in terms of proofreading, editing and (stylistic) "improvement", and given that I am aware of most, if not all, of the seemingly "reasonable" objections to P.K. (we can leave aside the reactions of Simpletons, e.g. P.K. was a "fascist"; P.K. was a "Marxist", etc.), the best you can do, as a new reader in the English language, is to "shut up", think and wait. The Journey into P.K.'s thoughts world is so long that literally half to a whole lifetime is needed to perhaps get on top of things at least in part. This might be of use to you: at 14, P.K. was reading and appreciating Spinoza in Latin; when P.K. first went to Germany he did not know German. Within not much more than a few years he had produced a Ph.D. and book on Hölderlin, Schelling and Hegel et al. in German, which still ranks as an unsurpassed reference book. So "chill out" and "take it easy". Everyone should know their place, just as I know mine. Koselleck talks about modesty. Think about it.]

NOR would I, or anyone genuine about P.K., ever seek any kind of (but the tiniest) publicity, "Fame", let alone "Fortune". P.K.'s work is, strictly of its nature and texture and intellectual/emotional repercussions, for the very few, i.e., for the True Connoisseurs of Scientific Knowledge.





Peace to All People and All Peoples, Irrespective of Race (Mix), Colour (Tone and or Shade), Ethnos, Nation, Creed, Religion, Beliefs, Group or Tribal Affiliation(s).


C.F. (Translator)

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