Socrates in Quarantine by Viki Mladenova




One death has proven to be exceptionally devastating for Western politics and philosophy, as well as for political philosophy - and has left its mark on the life in the city (polis). Socrates’ death illustrates many philosophical, political, and ethical themes, strong impressions of many debates, and deep insights into two complex matters that can be observed in their restless omnipresence from antiquity to the present day: common living (or the existence of the community) and the living of a singular self (or singular existence). Through the reconstruction of Socrates’ final moments, by using Plato’s dialogue Phaedo in this case, and in light of the current pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, among other things, two strong elements of the life in the city emerge - dialogue and friendship. In his last moments, Socrates did not discuss Athens, or life in the polis, or the Athenians - the usual sources of his questions and his art of midwifery (i.e., the Socratic method), his final breath that can still be felt, perhaps now better than ever, carried his last wish - that his friends take care of themselves, because if they do not, that would mean the end of the dialogues they had. This fusion of the care of the self and dialogue actually reveals how mutual dependency between singular and common living is possible and why it is necessary.


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Vol 16 No 1-2 (2019): Vol. 16, No. 1-2 (Summer - Winter 2019) - Issue No. 30-31
Vol. 16, No. 1-2 (Summer - Winter 2019) - Issue No. 30-31
  • Publisher: Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje
  • Authors: Zdravko Saveski, Andreas Vasileiou, Akis Gavriilidis, Blair Taylor, David Roden, Ekin Erkan, Davor Löffler, John J. McGraw, Niels N. Johannsen, Neda Genova, Ana Blazheva, Alkisti Efthymiou, Athena Athanasiou, Tsvetelina Hristova, Giuseppe Capalbo, Eszter Kováts
  • Language(s): English
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Page Count: 130
  • Print Run: 200
  • Size: 240X207X30


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  • Zdravko Saveski: One in Seven and a Half: Local Activism against the Global Climate Crisis [EN]
  • Andreas Vasileiou: Exploring the Practices of Greek Municipalities with Left-wing Majorities between 2014-2019: The Battle for the Commons and the Limits of Action [EN]
  • Akis Gavriilidis: Billy Wilder as a Critic of Humanitarian Intervention [EN]
  • Refusing the False Choice Between Individual and Collective Liberation: Interview with Blair Taylor [EN] 


  • David Roden: Subtractive-Catastrophic Xenophilia [EN]
  • Ekin Erkan: Laruelle Qua Stiegler: On Non-Marxism and the Transindividual [EN]
  • Davor Löffler, John J. McGraw † and Niels N. Johannsen: Weapons in and as History: On the Ontogenerative Function of Materialized Preemption and Intelligence in Weapons Technology [EN]
  • Neda Genova: Material-semiotic Transformations of the Berlin Wall in Post-Communist Bulgaria [EN]
  • Ana Blazheva: Macedonian Affective Rhizome: Fear and Shame in the Case of the Macedonian “Name Issue” [EN]


  • Alkisti Efthymiou in Conversation with Athena Athanasiou: Spectral Publics and Antifascist Eventualities [EN]


  • Tsvetelina Hristova: Towards Marina Gržinić (Ed.), Border Thinking: Disassembling Histories of Racialized Violence [EN]
  • Giuseppe Capalbo: Towards Karin Sellberg, Lena Wånggren and Kamillea Aghtan (Eds.), Corporeality and Culture: Bodies in Movement [EN]
  • Eszter Kováts: “Not A Thing?” Rogers Brubaker’s Trans: Gender and Race in an Age of Unsettled Identities and Its Relevance for Central and Eastern Europe [EN]


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Published: 2019-12-28
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Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture is an open-access, peer-reviewed international journal that seeks to serve as a platform for the theoretical production of Southeastern Europe and enable its visibility and an opening for international debate with authors from both the “intellectual centers” and the “intellectual margins” of the world. It is particularly interested in promoting theoretical investigations which see issues of politics, gender and culture as inextricably interrelated. It is open to all theoretical strands, to all schools and non-schools of thought without prioritizing any of the canonical Masters of philosophy. It does not seek doctrinal consistency, but it seeks consistency in rigor of investigation which can combine frameworks of interpretation derived from various and sometimes opposed schools of thought. Our passion is one for topics rather than philosophical masters.

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