The National Library of Greece continues the cycle of events “Logos 10” organized by the President of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Greece, Mr. Stavros Zoumboulakis. The third event is entitled Cornelios Castoriadis (1922-1997) One hundred years since his birth and will take place on Thursday 2 June 2022, 19:00 to 21:00, at the Book Tower of the National Library of Greece, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. Admission is free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cornelius Castoriadis (Constantinople 1922 – Paris 1997) has undoubtedly taken his place among the most important thinkers of Europe in the second half of the twentieth century. Co-founder, together with Claude Lefort, of the group and the journal Socialisme ou barbarie (“Socialism or barbarism”, 1948-1967), he was to be a fierce critic of the Soviet Union, but without giving up the revolutionary socialist project. Starting with his book The Imaginary Institutionalization of Society (1975), he would build up a vast philosophical oeuvre, with political and social autonomy as its central idea.  A man of enormous erudition and one of the few philosophers who was also well versed in the science of his time, he was in constant conversation with ancient Greek thought and was inspired by Athenian democracy.

Castoriadis’ work, well known in Greece, constantly attracted and challenged young people, who made the decision to enter the labyrinth of thought. We have chosen to give the floor to some of them at our event, which is being held on the occasion of the centenary of his birth.


Yannis Ktenas, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology, University of Athens, Greece

George Pertsas, PhD Candidate, University of Athens, Greece

PanagiotaVassi, Dr. of Philosophy, Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, NKUA

Thanos Samartzis, Translator, Publisher


National Library of Greece

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre

The National Library of Greece

Thursday 2 June, 19:00-21:00

Free entrance

The capacity of the hall is 150 people and there will be a first come, first served basis.