George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life


The metaphor of re-reading

These days I recall earlier times of my childhood, when I had few worries and plenty of free time. I remember summers when I was a teenager, lying on the floor of an air-conditioned room, reading books far too complicated for my age. I re-read the same books years later, only to find out that my experiences have changed, that the text now conveys something completely different. This is hardly surprising. The books do not have an essence in themselves. They live and survive through the experiences of the reader, locked within the reader’s social context, awareness and framework of understanding. Since then, I visit some books on a yearly basis, a pilgrimage of the secularly minded to the time that passes; a tribute to an earlier self, and a rite of passage to the future. The ritualistic...

Living in a post- age

I am very uncomfortable with the usage of the term post-something. We live in the post-secular age, Habermas argues, or “we live in an era which perceives itself as post-ideological” Žižek says in a recent article. This seems to suggest that we have indeed dealt with the challenges of the era that we have now left behind, in these cases the secular and ideological era, as if classes have become irrelevant and religion has either disappeared or became comfortably confined to the private sphere of the liberal state.

Confession in public schools

Today, Ombudswoman Eliza Savvidou suggested to the Ministry of Education that the habit of inviting a Greek-Orthdox clergyman to high-schools for confession should be abandoned since it is, firstly, against the religious freedoms of children and of their parents, and secondly, in contrast with the policy of religious neutrality that the state promotes (or ought to do so anyway). The Ministry, responding to a parent who complained, has supported voluntary confession under the permission of the headmaster. Thankfully, Savvidou made it clear that the invitation of clergymen in school premises, puts pressure upon children to engage in the practice of confession and is therefore a source of exclusion and discrimination.

George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life


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