The problematic of Greek identity and Christos Yannaras' quest for a politics of authentic existence

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Abstract

Christos Yannaras has a reputation in the English-speaking world for being an unreconstructed and unbalanced critic of the ‘West’. At least, that is the impression one gets reading some Orthodox accounts of Yannaras in English. Norman Russell, for example, has speculated that Yannaras’ ‘reputation for rebarbative anti-Westernism has probably put off scholars from engaging with him’.1 Marcus Plested, who finds ‘much of value in Yannaras’ work’ and describes him as a ‘brilliant thinker’, nevertheless finds him ‘unduly dialectical and unwontedly oppositional’.2 He thinks that Yannaras’ work contains too many ‘sweeping historical judgments and impossibly simple dichotomies’.3 Andrew Louth has referred to the presence of a ‘fierce anti-Western polemic’ in Yannaras’ work, though he, too, is sympathetic to Yannaras’ overall contribution.4 Pantelis Kalaitzidis has described Yannaras’ ‘systematic and structural anti-Westernism’ as ‘a contrived new version of Church history and theology’ and ‘a mocking caricature of the real West’.5
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolis, ontology, ecclesial event
Subtitle of host publicationEngaging with Christos Yannaras' thought
EditorsSotiris Mitralexis
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherJames Clarke & Co
Chapter2
Pages47–63
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780227176696, 9780227176719
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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    Cole, J. (2018). The problematic of Greek identity and Christos Yannaras' quest for a politics of authentic existence. In S. Mitralexis (Ed.), Polis, ontology, ecclesial event: Engaging with Christos Yannaras' thought (pp. 47–63). James Clarke & Co.