Iakovou Vicky

Assistant Professor (tenured)

Academic field: Political Philosophy

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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 Science (specialization 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 Scholarship Foundation (IKY, 1994-1998). She has also been Fellow at the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry, New School for Social Research (July 2018). Her teaching interests, research and publications 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 of philosophy and political theory (by M. Abensour, H Arendt, Cl. Lefort, E. Levinas, J.-L. Nancy, M. Foucault, J. Ranciere, Sl. Zizek and others).

Edited volume

Chr. Avlami, V. Iakovou, G. Faraklas, S. Siamandouras, Machiavelli after Machiavelli, Angelus Novus, Athens 2022


In Greek

  • «Hannah Arendt 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
  • «“How can a Dead weep for the Dead?” On Laszlo Nemes’ film Son of Saul», Synchrona Themata, 150-151, May 2021, pp. 93-101
  • «Fear from Aristotle’s Rhetoric to Hobbes’ Leviathan. A Reading Hypothesis», Synchrona Themata, 153-154, December 2021, pp. 113-127
  • «Marx as ‘the Other of Machiavelli’, Marx of the ‘Machiavellian Moment», in Chr. Avlami, G. Faraklas, V. Iakovou, S. Siamandouras (eds.), Machiavelli after Machiavelli, Angelus Novus, Athens 2022, pp. 183-201
  • «The Question Concerning Technology as a Consent to Horror? Reading Heidegger through Levinas’ Lenses», in V. Nikolaidou-Kyrianidou (ed.), The Multiple Manifestations of Anti-Judaism, Crete University Press, Heraklion 2022, pp. 357-372
  • «“For her also, Birth means more than Death”. Ricoeur and Arendt on Birth and Death», in St. Zoumboulakis (ed.), Paul Ricoeur, Artos Zoes, Athens 2022, pp. 79-115
  • «The Violence of the One and the Power of the Many. On Hannah Arendt’s Critique of Violence», in P. Koufopoulou, G. Faraklas (eds.), Politics of Action. A guide to Arendt’s Thought, Nissos Publications, Athens 2022, pp. 55-89
  • «A Maid who Read and Wrote Books. Aspects of Arendt’s Confrontation with Heidegger», To Erma, 4, December 2022, pp. 85-110
  • «Elements of an Arendtian Theory of Art», in Fotini Vassiliou (ed.), Phenomenological Aesthetics and Theory of Art, Eurasia Publications (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
  • «Walter Benjamin, Utopia and Us», in M. Bartsidis, C. Douzinas (eds.), Left Theory in the 21stcentury. Living in Dark Times, Transform Europe! & Nicos Poulantzas Institute, 2021, pp. 154-163 (https://poulantzas.gr/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/volume-I%CE%99_compressed.pdf)
  • «Castoriadis, Anti-Humanism and the Problem of Alienation», Etica & Politica. Rivista di filosofia / Ethics & Politics. A Review of Philosophy, 24(3), 2022, Special section on Cornelius Castoriadis, edited by Fabio Ciaramelli, pp. 217-231 (http://www2.units.it/etica/2022_3/IAKOVOU.pdf)
  • «On the Utopia of the End of Alienation. Hannah Arendt (Μis-)Reading Simone Weil – and Karl Marx», Labyrinth: An International Journal for Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics, Special issue «Simone Weil (1909-1943). Receptions and Actuality», 2022 (forthcoming)
  • «On the Inseparable Link between Emancipation and Utopia», in Silvia Pierosara (ed.), Reactualizing Emancipation: New Perspectives in Contemporary Ethics, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (forthcoming)

Book reviews

In Greek

  • «A Political Interpretation of Dreams in the Third Reich. On Charlotte Beradt’s The Third Reich of DreamsChronos, 32, December 2015 – http://www.chronosmag.eu/index.php/pl-s.html)
  • «On Rasmig Keucheyan’s Hémisphère gauche», Synchrona Themata, 138-139, July-December 2017
  • «On Geoffrey Bennington’s and Jacques Derrida’s Derrida», Synchrona Themata, 147-148, October 2019-April 2020
  • «On Yannis Flytzanis’s Radical Democracy and the Politics of Rights. Henri Lefebvre’s Critical Social Theory of Politics and Law», Anthropos, 8, October-December 2022
  • «On Yannis Ktenas’ The Problem of Value Foundation. A Critical Approach through the Work of Max Weber and Cornelius Castoriadis», Critica. Philophical Book Reviews, vol. 13, 2023
  • «In Search of the conditions of the Common. On Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval’s, Common. On Revolution in the 21st Century », Kaboomzine, 06.07.2023 (https://kaboomzine.gr/anazitontas-tis-proypotheseis-toy-koi/)
  • «Persisting on Aesthetics. On Jacques Rancière’s Malaise dans l’esthétique», Marginalia. An Online Review of Cultural and Political Criticism (forthcoming)

In English



  • 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)
  • M. 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
  • M. Abensour, La démocratie contre l’Etat. Marx et le moment Machiavélien, Stasei Ekpiptones Editions, Athens 2019
  • P. Dardot, Ch. Laval, Commun, Ekkremes, Athens 2020 (with P. Aggelopoulos)


  • 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 (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 (iwith 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 – Guest editor G. Kakoliris), October-December 2016
  • A. Birnbaum, «A quoi bon encore l’université?», Kaboom, 4, May 2018
  • P. Clastres, «Cannibales et anthropophages», Kaboom, 6, December 2019
  • P. Clastres, «Martchenko», Kaboom https://kaboomzine.gr/martsenko/
  • J.-L. Nancy, «Un trop humain virus», Nomadic Universality, March 2020, in collaboration with A. Lampropoulos – https://nomadicuniversality.com/2020/03/22/%CE%B6%CE%B1%CE%BD-%CE%BB%CF%85%CE%BA-%CE%BD%CE%B1%CE%BD%CF%83%CF%8D-%CE%AD%CE%BD%CE%B1%CF%82-%CF%85%CF%80%CE%B5%CF%81%CE%B2%CE%BF%CE%BB%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%AC-%CE%B1%CE%BD%CE%B8%CF%81%CF%8E%CF%80%CE%B9/ 
  • A. Dolfo, «Niccolò Machiavelli and the Autonomy of Politics: A brief overview of “a question that will perhaps never be solved”», i in Chr. Avlami, G. Faraklas, V. Iakovou, S. Siamandouras (eds.), Machiavelli after Machiavelli, Angelus Novus, Athens 2022
  • Al. Pina, «Thou Shall (not) Forget: Machiavelli against the oblivion of origin in modern political theory», in Chr. Avlami, G. Faraklas, V. Iakovou, S. Siamandouras (eds.), Machiavelli after Machiavelli, Angelus Novus, Athens 2022


Undergraduate Courses

W/S-097 Religion and politics in modern political philosophy
special background, specialised general knowledge
PH-473 Karl Marx’s Social and Political Thought
special background, specialised general knowledge
Ph-471 Introduction to Political Philosophy
special background

Graduate Courses

CHC-1 Theories of historical alteration: The idea of progress and its critics
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)


W/S-097 Religion and politics in modern political philosophy
special background, specialised general knowledge
PH-473 Karl Marx’s Social and Political Thought
special background, specialised general knowledge
Ph-471 Introduction to Political Philosophy
special background

Postgraduate Courses

CHC-1 Theories of historical alteration: The idea of progress and its critics
Vicky Iakovou