Greekness: from European Enlightenment to Romanticism

Philosophy lectures


The Museum of Cycladic Art invites you to this year’s first Philosophy webinar entitled Greekness: From European Enlightenment to Romanticism. The webinar focuses on philosophical thought in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the West and in Greece and is held on the occasion of our current temporary exhibition entitled ‘Antiquarianism and Philhellenism. The Thanassis and Marina Martinos Collection’.

During three consecutive meetings we will explore the reception of the concepts of Freedom and Equality (29/3), Reason and Imagination (5/4), and the Self and the Collective (12/4).

This Lecture Series examines the broader philosophical context in which the Greek War of Independence of 1821 took place. It also explores the relationship between European and Modern Greek Enlightenment and the connection between the Enlightenment and the Romantic movement.

The lectures will focus on philosophers such as Voltaire (1694-1778), John Locke (1632-1704), Charles Montesquieu (1689-1755), Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), and Immanuel Kant (1724-1804).



  • Nikos Erinakis

    Nikos Erinakis holds a PhD from the Universities of London and Oxford. He studied Economics (APA), Philosophy and Comparative Literature (Warwick), and Philosophy of Social Sciences (LSE). He has taught Political and Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Art, Aesthetics and Ethics in England, and teaches Philosophy at the School of Fine Arts (Athens), the Kapodistrian University of Athens, and the Hellenic Open University. He is Scientific Director of ENA – Institute of Alternative Politics, was board member of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, and is currently board member of the Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has published two books of his poetry (of which one was translated into French) and two collections of translations of leading German-speaking poets. His essays, articles, and poems have been translated and published in international journals, collective volumes, anthologies, and conference proceedings. He recently published his first philosophy book, Authenticity and Autonomy: From Creativity to Freedom (published by Keimena).

  • Maria Mourtou Paradeisopoulou

    Maria Mourtou-Paradisopoulou is a PhD Candidate at the University of Southampton, under the supervision of Christopher Janaway. She studied Law at the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Political Philosophy and Social Theory at Panteion University, and Continental Philosophy at the University of Warwick. She is a member of the organizing committee of the Philosophy and Political Theory Seminar of Postgraduate and Doctoral students of the Panteion University. She has collaborated with the Gavagai and Kaboom groups. Her articles and studies have been published in scientific and literary journals, and she has spoken at philosophy conferences. She has also worked as a lawyer.


Monday 29/3, 19.00
Monday  5/4,  19.00 
Monday 12/4, 19.00

Tickets: 15€
Cycladic Friends: Free access (Register: meetingpoint@cycladic.gr)
Duration: 50-60 minutes

*  The webinar will take place in Greek on Zoom.
** The webinars are introductory and intended for a general audience. 



Cover Image & Chapters' Images
© The Thanassis and Marina Martinos Collection

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