Assistant Professor (tenured)

Official Government Gazette, Issue: 1970/3.12.2020, τ.Γ
Academic field: Political Philosophy

Οffice: Karantoni Building

+30 22510 36317 viakovou@sa.aegean.gr

Vicky Iakovou studied political science at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. She holds a DEA in political philosophy from the University of Paris 10-Nanterre (1992) and a PhD in political philosophy from the University of Paris 7-Denis Diderot (2001, thesis title: Une confrontation. Hannah Arendt et la Théorie Critique). She gained scholarships from the Academy of Versailles (1991-1992) and the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY, 1994-1998). Her main research and teaching interests involve modern and contemporary political and social philosophy, the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, the influence of psychoanalysis on political and social theory, and the tradition of utopian thought. She has translated into Greek books and articles by, among others, H. Arendt, Cl. Lefort, J. Rancière, P. Ricoeur and Sl. Zizek.

Current Courses

PH-471 Introduction to political philosophy (compulsory course)
PH-473 The social and political thought of Karl Marx (elective course)
W/S-062 Passions and politics in modern and contemporary political philosophy (elective seminar)
CHC-1 Theories of historical alteration: Crisis, critique and utopia (graduate course, MA in Crisis and Historical Change )

Courses Taught

H-273 Introduction to the philosophy of history (elective course)
S-360 Social theory (elective course)
PH-472 Critical theory of the Frankfurt School (elective course)
W/S-050 Biopolitics, biopower: Arendt, Foucault, Agamben (elective seminar)

 In Greek

«Hannah Aren't and Concentration Camps», Synchrona Themata, 83, December 2003, pp. 41-43

«Critical Theory and Psychoanalysis. Between Recognition and Misrecognition», in Th. Lipowatz, P. Papatheorodou, The Modern Subject in front of the Other’s Demand, Nissos, Athens 2007, pp. 173-208

«Art of Writing and Art of Reading according to Leo Strauss», Synchrona Themata, 102, July-September 2008, p. 26-34

«Adorno’s Analysis of Anti-Semitism», Axiologika, 20, November 2008, pp. 11-24

«The Concept of Forgiveness in Hannah Arendt», Synchrona Themata, 103, October-December 2008, pp. 67-72

«Critical Theory and Modernity», in S. Koniordos (ed.), Social Thought and Modernity, Gutenberg, Athens 2010, pp. 297-324

«Leo Strauss’ s Interpretation of Modern Political Philosophy: The case of Machiavelli», Ypomnima sti Philosophia, 9, September 2010, pp. 281-310

«Comments on Hannah Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism», Science and Society. Journal of Political and Moral Theory, 25, fall 2010, pp. 205-215

«‘A society without utopia would be a society without goals’. On the Concept of Utopia in the work of Paul Ricœur», Nea Hestia, 1847 (special issue on P. Ricœur), September 2011, pp. 282-303

«Democracy and Totalitarianism. Confronting G. Agamben with Cl. Lefort», in S. Seferiadis (ed.), Democracy at a Crossroads: Threats and Challenges at the Dawn of the 21st Century, Nissos Publications, Athens 2014, pp. 159-177

«Hannah Arendt’s Turn to the Past. A Restoration of Tradition or a Benjaminian Gesture?», Eneken, 36, (Special issue on Hannah Arendt), 2015, pp. 97-108

«The Limits of Utopia», in L. Ventoura, D. Karydas, G. Kouzelis (eds.), Frontiers/Limits, Society for the Study of Human Sciences, Topika 13, Nissos Publications, Athens 2017, pp. 259-274

«Towards a New Democratic Spirit», introduction to the Greek translation of M. Abensour, La démocratie contre l’Etat. Marx et le moment machiavélien, Stasei Ekpiptontes Editions, Athens  2019, p. 7-40

«Everybody can Speak but only a Few can Tell the Truth. On Foucault’s Problematization of Democracy», in Ch. Balla, V. Kindi, G. Faraklas (eds.),Topoi : In honor of Pantelis Bassakos, School of Philosophy-University of Crete Publications, Rethymno 2019, p. 171-198

«The Banality of Evil, then and now», Aληtheiα, 10, 2019, p. 221-236

«The Violence of the One and the Power of the Many. On Hannah Arendt’s Critique of Violence», in P. Koufopoulou, G. Faraklas, Studies on Hannah Arendt, Nissos Publications, Athens (forthcoming)

«A Maid who Read and Wrote Books. Aspects of Arendt’s Confrontation with Heidegger», To Έρμα, 4 (forthcoming)

«Marx as ‘the other of Machiavelli’, Marx of the ‘Machiavellian Moment», in Chr. Avlami, V. Iakovou, S. Siamandouras et al. (eds.), Machiavelli after Machiavelli (working title), Angelus Novus, Athens 2021 (forthcoming)

In French

«Le concept de critique entre Hannah Arendt et l’Ecole de Francfort», Tumultes, 17-18 (special issue «L’Ecole de Francfort: la Théorie Critique entre philosophie et sociologie»), May 2002, p. 259-278

«Quand “tous parlaient une seule et même langue…”: Réflexions à partir de LTI. La langue du Troisième Reich de V. Klemperer», in A. Cain (ed.), Espace(s) public(s), espace(s) privé(s): enjeux et partages, L’Harmattan, Paris 2004, p. 221-233

«Adorno lecteur de Freud», in A. Kupiec, E. Tassin (eds.), Critique de la politique. Autour de Miguel Abensour, Sens & Tonka, Paris 2006, p. 407-416

In English

«Totalitarianism as a Νon-State: On Hannah Arendt’s Debt to Franz Neumann», European Journal of Political Theory, 8(4), 2009, pp. 29-47

«Towards a critique of the critique of utopia», in V. Vlastaras (ed.), Utopia Project Archive 2006-2010, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens 2011, pp. 53-57 (also in Greek, p. 389-393)

«To Think Utopia with and beyond Paul Ricœur», in Τ. Mei, D. Lewin (eds.) From Ricœur to Action: The Socio-political Significance of Ricoœur’s Thinking, Continuum, London 2012, pp. 113-135

Translations (selection)


A. Giddens, Politics and Sociology in the Thought of Max Weber, Athens 1993 (in collaboration with Y. Stavrakakis)

S. Žižek, Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism? Five interventions in the (mis)use of a notion, Scripta, Athens 2002

S. Žižek, Welcome to the Desert of the Real! Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates, Scripta, Athens 2003

S. Žižek, The Sublime Object of Ideology, Scripta, Athens 2006

P. Ricœur, Soi-même comme un autre, Polis, Athens 2008

J. Rancière, La haine de la démocratie, Pedio, Athens 2009

G. Durozol, A. Roussel, Dictionnaire de philosophie, Patakis, Athens 2010 (in collaboration with Sp. Tegos and Th. Traboulis)

Abensour, La Boétie, Prophète de la liberté, Stasei Ekpiptontes Publications, Athens 2016

J.-L. Nancy, Verité de la démocratie, Plethron, Athens 2017

Politi, The Novel and its Presuppositions. Changes in the Conceptual Structure of Novels in the 18th and the 19th Centuries, Nissos, Athens 2018

Abensour, La démocratie contre l’Etat. Marx et le moment Machavélien, Stasei Ekpiptones Editions, Athens 2019

Dardot, Ch. Laval, Commun, Ekkremes, Athens 2020 (in collaboration with P. Aggelopoulos),  forthcoming


R. G. Collingwood, «The Idea of Nature», in Y. Stavrakakis (ed.), Nature, Society and Politics, Nissos, Athens 1998

H. Arendt, «Social Science Techniques and the Study of Concentration Camps», Synchrona Themata, 83, December 2003

Cl. Lefort, «Le corps interposé. 1984 de George Orwell», Synchrona Themata, 90, July-September 2005

P. Ricœur, «Le paradoxe politique», Synchrona Themata, 97, April-June 2007,

J. Rancière, «The Politics of Aesthetics», in Y. Stavrakakis, K. Stafilakis (eds.), The Political in Contemporary Art, Ekkremes, Athens 2008

L. Strauss, «Persecution and the Art of Writing», Synchrona Themata, 102, July-September 2008

Α. Balassopoulos, «Anti-Utopia and Distopia. Rethinking the Generic Field», in V. Vlastaras (ed.), Utopia Project Archive 2006-2010, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens 2011

P. Ricœur, «La psychanalyse confrontée à l’épistémologie», Nea Hestia, 1847 (special issue on P. Ricœur), September 2011

M. Abensour, J.-L. Nancy, J. Ranciere, «Insistances démocratiques», Synchrona Themata, 116, January-March 2012 (in collaboration with K. Tsalakos)

H. Foster, «The Artist as Ethnographer», in E. Rikou (ed.), Anthropology and Modern Art, Alexandria Publications, Athens 2013

M. Florence (M. Foucault), «Foucault», Synchrona Themata, 124, January-March 2014 (in collaboration with G. Pertsas)

M. Leibovici, «Les fables politiques de Charlotte Beradt», introduction to Charlotte Beradt, Das Dritte Reich des Traums (Greek Translation), Agra Publications, Athens 2015

Ε. Levinas, «Les droits de l’homme et les droits d’autrui», Eneken, 38 (special issue on E. Levinas), October-December 2015

R. Scherer, «Une loi non écrite», Eneken, 42 (special issue on Hospitality), October-December 2016