Panajotis Kondylis, the Greek philosopher and theorist of ideas, knew: only through a total existential commitment, a vigilant observation of concrete, always historically conditioned situations and living people striving for their self-preservation and thereby necessarily also for the expansion of their power, as well as through an unstoppable filtering of the observations with strict reflection, which capitulates to no prejudice and shuns no conflict, does the mind reach maturity and escape normative binding. In the three interviews conducted in the 1990s, this knowledge presents itself in practical perfection and at the same time offers a fundamental entry into Kondylis' thinking - a thinking that makes use of philosophy, anthropology, economics and history without bowing to disciplinary boundaries. A thinking that sifts through the political-ideological currents and theories of the past to reveal their relevance to the present and the impact they have on today. A thinking that comes to no end and proves to be an almost planetary one.
Panayotis Kondylis, born in Olympia in 1943, lived as a philosopher in Athens, where he died in 1998. He studied philosophy in Heidelberg, where he received his doctorate under Dieter Henrich. He translated Marx, Cassirer, Carl Schmitt and Machiavelli, among others, into Greek and worked on the concept and premises of the Enlightenment, philosophical polemics and the unquestioned presuppositions of European world views.