Ioannis Prelorentzos

Professor of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

Contact Information

Τel. (office): 210 727 7548

Ε-mail: iprelore@philosophy.uoa.gr

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University Campus, 15772 Zografou, Athens, Greece


 Curriculum Vitae



  • 1986-1992 PhD in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV). Thesis Title: «The concepts of time, duration and eternity in Spinoza’s work».
  • 1985-1986 M.A in the History of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV).
  • 1981-1985 B.A in Philosophy, School of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.


Research Interests

  • History of Philosophy
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy (especially Socrates and Plato)
  • Early Modern Philosophy (especially Descartes and Spinoza)
  • 17th and 18th Century Theories of Emotions
  • 19th and 20th Century French Philosophy (especially Henri Bergson, Vladimir Jankélévitch, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Gilles Deleuze)
  • Philosophy and Literature


Published Books

  • Temps, durée et éternité dans les Principes de la philosophie de Descartes (1663) de Spinoza, collection «Travaux et documents du Groupe de Recherches Spinozistes», no 6, Presses de l’Université de Paris Sorbonne, Paris 1996 (in French).
  • La durée chez Spinoza. Seconde partie: La théorie de la durée dans la pensée spinoziste, Atelier National de Reproduction des Thèses, Lille 1994 (in French).
  • René Descartes, The Passions of the Soul, Preface-Introduction-Translation-Bibliography: Yannis Prelorentzos, Kritiki, Athens 1996, 20172 (in Greek).
  • Platon, La République (Livres VI et VII), Translation Yannis Prélorentzos & Tiphaine Karsenti, philosophical analysis, translation comments, annotated glossary, index of main names and bibliography Yannis Prélorentzos, collection «Classiques & Cie», Hatier, Paris 2007 (19921, 20002) (in French).
  • Henri Bergson, Creative Evolution, Translation: Kostis Papagiorgis & Yannis Prélorentzos, editing-appendix Yannis Prelorentzos, Polis, Athens 2005, 2016.2 Appendix: «The revival of interest in Henri Bergson’s Philosophy», pp. 349-527 (in Greek).
  • Gilles Deleuze, Bergsonism, Introduction-Translation-Annotations-Addendum -Bibliography-Glossary: Yannis Prelorentzos, Scripta, Athens 2010. Second edition, with a new Preface, in 2019, Gutenberg, Athens 2019 (in Greek).
  • Knowledge and method in Bergson, Evrasia, Athens 2012, 20162  (in Greek).
  • Philosophy and literature in France 1930-1960, Papazisis, Athens 2016, reprint in 2021 (in Greek).
  • Philippe Sabot, Philosophy and Literature. Approaches and issues of a question, Introduction-Translation-Annotations: Yannis Prelorentzos, Gutenberg, Athens 2017 (in Greek).
  • About the Scottish Enlightenment. An exemplary reference study. On the occasion of the treatise of Dionysis Drossos, The noble commerce of sympathy, Barbounakis, Thessaloniki 2019 (in Greek).


Edited Books and Journals

  • Les genres de connaissance et leur mise en oeuvre dans l’Ethique (Alexandre Matheron Séminaire 1994-1995), C.E.R.P.H.I., École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay/Saint-Cloud, D.A.T.A., Yannis Prélorentzos & Vincent Régnier (éd.), issues 29 & 30, 1999 (in French).
  • Politics of rationalism. Ten studies on Descartes, Yannis Prelorentzos & George Faraklas (eds), Axiologika, special issue no. 1, Exantas, Athens 1999 (in Greek). (https://pasithee.library.upatras.gr/axiologika/issue/view/160)
  • Conflict, hostility and law, Ioannis Strangas, Yannis Prelorentzos, Ioannis Sarmas, Theodoros Mavrommatis, Charalabos Palaiothodoros, Dimitrios Pyrgakis, & Michail Tsapogas, (eds.), Vol. no 7, Proceedings of the Hellenic Society of Legal-Philosophical and Legal-Historical Research, Sakkoula/ Nomos Verlag/ L’Harmattan, Athens/ Thessaloniki/ Baden-Baden/ Paris/ Turin/ Budapest 2015 (in Greek, German, French, and Italian).
  • Dia-logos, issue 9, Papazisis, Athens 2019, pp. 163-282: Proceedings of the Conference «A Philosophical approach to the phenomenon of social non-reproduction», which I had organized in May 2018 in the Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy, and Psychology, University of Ioannina (in Greek).
  • Act, hazard and law, Ioannis Strangas, Yannis Prelorentzos et al. (eds.), Vol. no. 9, Proceedings of the Hellenic Society of Legal-Philosophical and Legal-Historical Research (in Greek, forthcoming).


Translations (from French into Greek)

  • Luc Vincenti, Education and freedom. Kant and Fichte, (trans.): Yannis Prelorentzos, Patakis, Athens 1997.
  • Benjamin Constant, Adolphe. The red notebook. Cecile (novels), Kastaniotis, Athens 1998.
  • Francis Guibal, «Cornelius Castoriadis: The creative power of the imaginary», Synhrona Vimata, issue 109 (1999), pp. 29-40.
  • Jean-Marie Beyssade, «The Cartesian classification of the passions», Filosofias Analecta, Vol. 1, issue 1&2 (2001), pp. 75-84.
  • Pierre-François Moreau, «Passions in the classical age. A general questioning», Dodoni, Part Three, Vol. ΛΒ΄, Ioannina 2003, pp. 33-48.
  • Gilles Deleuze, «A return to Bergson. Author's Preface in the English language version of Bergsonism», Dodoni, Part Three, Vol. ΛΕ΄, Ioannina 2008-2010 [2012], pp. 247-250.
  • Bertrand Binoche, «Law and conflict: prevention, institutionalization, instrumentation», in the Hellenic Society of Legal-Philosophical and Legal-Historical Research, 5th Interdisciplinary Tutorial of Philosophy and History of Law with subject «Conflict, hostility and law», Athens 2014, pp. 34-46. A shorter version of the French original with a summary in Greek, was published in Ioannis Strangas, Yannis Prelorentzos, Ioannis Sarmas, Theodoros Mavrommatis, Charalambos Palaiothodoros, Dimitrios Pyrgakis, & Michail Tsapogas, (eds.), Conflict, hostility and law, Vol. no 7, Proceedings of the Hellenic Society of Legal-Philosophical and Legal-Historical Research, Sakkoula/ Nomos Verlag/ L’Harmattan, Athens/ Thessaloniki/ Baden-Baden/ Paris/ Turin/ Budapest 2015, pp. 629-639 (in Greek, German, French, and Italian).
  • Christophe Grellard, «Desire, representation, assent: Jean Buridan's theory of action», Dodoni, Third Part, Vol. ΛΣΤ΄, Ioannina 2011-2013 [2015], pp. 203-226.
  • Émile Bréhier, «Philosophy and literature» (chapter 14 of his book Transformation of French philosophy, Flammarion, Paris 1950, pp. 189-198): third appendix of my book Philosophy and literature in France 1930-1960, Papazisis, Athens 2016 (in Greek), pp. 463-480.
  • Philippe Büttgen, «Contemporary Problems of the Philosophy of Religion: The Second Performance, or the Religion», Dodoni, Third Part, Vol. ΛΖ΄, Ioannina 2014-2015 [2016], pp. 151-171.
  • Frédéric Worms, «For a Critical Vitalism: The new problem of the living beings and the contemporary French philosophy», translation- annotations Yannis Prelorentzos, Dodoni, Third Part, Vol. ΛΗ΄, Ioannina 2016-2017 [2018], pp. 227-244.


Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • «Difusión y recepción del spinozismo en Francia desde 1665 hasta nuestros dias», in Atilano Dominguez (ed.), Spinoza y España (Almagro, 5-7 Noviembre 1992), Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, «Estudios», Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha 1994, pp. 87-105.
  • «Le temps chez Descartes et chez Spinoza», Les Études philosophiques, P.U.F., Paris 1997, pp. 157-170.
  • «Droit et Vertu: l’opposition entre Spinoza et Kant», in Droit et vertu chez Kant. Kant et la philosophie grecque et moderne. Actes du IIIe Congrès de la Société Internationale d’études kantiennes de langue française, Athènes, 14-17 mai 1997, Union scientifique franco-hellénique, Athènes 1997, pp. 278-288.
  • «Anatomy and control of the passions of the soul in the moral philosophy of Rene Descartes», Axiologika, special issue no. 1, Exantas, Athens 1999, pp. 185-213 (in Greek)  (https://pasithee.library.upatras.gr/axiologika/article/view/1234/1110)
  • «Freedom and compulsion in Kant's philosophy of education», Axiologika, issue 13, Exantas, Athens 2000, pp. 132-165 (in Greek). (https://pasithee.library.upatras.gr/axiologika/article/view/1222/1098)
  • «The problem of slavery and the concept of justice in Aristotle and in early modern political philosophy», in, Political equality and justice and the problems of contemporary society according to Aristotle, Society of Aristotelian Studies “To Lykeion”, Athens 2000, pp. 386-407 (in Greek).
  • «Relativism and normativeness in Spinoza's moral and political philosophy», Axiologika, special issue no.2: «Spinoza: Towards freedom. Ten contemporary Greek studies», Athens 2002, pp. 67-110 (in Greek). (https://pasithee.library.upatras.gr/axiologika/article/view/1240/1116)
  • «Aspects of the thought of the "Third Wittgenstein": The Contribution of Jacques Bouveresse», in: University of Ioannina, Sector of Philosophy, Scientific meeting: Ludwig Wittgenstein. Fifty years since his death», Ioannina 2001, (ed.): P. Noutsos, Ioannina 2002, pp. 43-93 (in Greek).
  • «The Platonic conception of the origin of civil society in the Laws in relation to other ancient and contemporary theories», in: University of Athens. School of Philosophy and Law School, Platonos Nomoi. Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference (2001), (ed.): E. Mikrogiannakis, Athens-Komotini, Sakkoula 2003, pp. 89-122 (in Greek).
  • «Introductory remarks on the approach of the passions of the soul according to Aristotle and in the early modern philosophy», in: Society of Aristotelian Studies “To Lykeion”, Fourth International Conference of Aristotelian Philosophy: Poetics and Rhetoric according to Aristotle, editing: Demetrios Koutras, Athens 2003, pp. 306-340 (in Greek).
  • «Socrates in the work of the French philosopher Éric Weil», in: University of Ioannina, Sector of Philosophy, Dodoni, 72. Again about Socrates. Tribute to the emeritus professor Nikos Psimmenos, Ioannina 2004, pp. 111-172 (in Greek). (https://philosophy.uoi.gr/wp-content/uploads/xana-gia-ton-sokrati.pdf)
  • «Volonté et liberté: de Descartes à Spinoza à travers les Principes de la philosophie de Descartes et les Pensées métaphysiques» in: Chantal Jaquet (ed.), Les Pensées métaphysiques de Spinoza, Publications de la Sorbonne, «Philosophie», Paris 2004, pp. 97-122. (https://books.openedition.org/psorbonne/122)
  • «The concept of the world state in the political philosophy of Éric Weil and the role of humanities today», in: Seminar 31 of the Greek Union of Philologists on «Humanities in the age of globalization», Metehmio, Athens 2004, pp. 79-106 (in Greek).
  • «Condorcet’s philosophy of history» in: Society of Aristotelian Studies “To Lykeion”, Fourth Philosophy Conference: Philosophy of History and Culture (2002), (ed.): Demetrios Koutras, Athens 2005, pp. 218-238 (in Greek).
  • «The example of Socrates in early modern philosophy», in: The use of examples in philosophy, (ed.) Katerina Ierodiakonou, Ekkremes, Athens 2005, pp. 157-215 (in Greek).
  • «The notion of time in Henri Bergson's philosophy», in: University of Ioannina. Sector of Philosophy and Cultural Society of Kapesovo «Alexis Noutsos», Scientific Symposium: Forms of understanding and gestion of time, (ed.): P. Noutsos, Ioannina 2005, pp. 49-78 (in Greek).
  • «L’influence de Rousseau sur la théorie kantienne de l’histoire», in: Les sources de la philosophie kantienne aux 17e et 18e siècles. Actes du VIe Congrès de la Société d’études kantiennes de langue française, (eds.) Robert Theis & Lukas Sosoe, Vrin, Paris 2005, pp. 325-332.
  • «Étude critique. Une édition exceptionnelle de Kant», Diotima, Vol. 34, Athens 2006, pp. 189-198.
  • «Approaches to aspects of Aristotelian philosophy by Henri Bergson», Vita contemplativa. Essays in honour of Demetrios N. Koutras, editing: Athanasia Glycofrydi-Leontsini, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens 2006, pp. 433-457 (in Greek).
  • «The question of modernity in the philosophical work of Kostas Papaioannou», Nea Estia, Vol. 159, issue 1790, Athens 2006, pp. 1032-1082 (in Greek).
  • «Bergson est-il durkheimien dans Les Deux Sources de la morale et de la religion?», Philosophia (Academy of Athens), Vol. 36, Athens 2006, pp. 230-255 (in Greek). (http://repository.academyofathens.gr/document/1218.pdf)
  • «The question of the progress of the human kind in the philosophy of history of Immanuel Kant», in: About Immanuel Kant. 200 years later, University of Ioannina, Sector of Philosophy, Nissos, Athens 2006, pp. 199-254 (in Greek).
  • «The question of passions in Hobbes’s philosophy», Axiologika, issue 16, Nissos and Sakis Karagiorgas Foundation, Athens 2006, pp. 79-99 (in Greek). (https://pasithee.library.upatras.gr/axiologika/article/view/1724/1655)
  • «The Socratic method according to Hegel and Kierkegaard», Philosophia (Academy of Athens), Vol. 37, Athens 2007, pp. 209-228 (in Greek).
  • «Questions concernant la morale de Bergson», Philonsorbonne (Revue de l’École doctorale de philosophie de l’Université de Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne), issue 1, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2007, pp. 103-129.  (https://journals.openedition.org/philonsorbonne/129)
  • «Approaches to Malebranche's theory concerning the passions of the soul», Ypomnema sti philosophia, issue 7, Polis, Athens 2008, pp. 197-243 (in Greek).
  • «Pre-philosophical and philosophical “nourishments” of Emmanuel Levinas», Nea Estia, issue 1814, 2008, pp. 374-459 (in Greek).
  • «The revolutionary masses in the thought of Costas Papaioannou», in: Tribute to the philosopher Costas Papaioannou. Fourteen Texts, preface: Apostolos Apostolopoulos, (ed.): Demetres Armaos, Contemporary Delphic Amphitryon. Kavafeia 2006, Athens 2008, pp. 96-195 (in Greek).
  • «Le problème de la délimitation des choses, des qualités et des états dans la continuité du tout de la réalité selon Bergson», Annales bergsoniennes (Paris, P.U.F., collection «Épiméthée»), Vol. IV: «L’Évolution créatrice 1907-2007: épistémologie et métaphysique», Dec. 2008, pp. 433-466.
  • «Philosophy and cinema according to Gilles Deleuze»: addendum in Gilles Deleuze, Cinema 1. The Movement Image, translation Michalis Matsas, editing Kiki Kapsabeli, Nissos, Athens 2009, pp. 262-300 (in Greek).
  • «Vie et conscience selon Bergson», Philosophia (Academy of Athens), Vol. 39, Athens 2009, pp. 325-346.
  • «Mythe tragique et justice dans la pensée grecque selon Kostas Papaïoannou»: in Stamatios Tzitzis, Maria Protopapas-Marneli & Bjarne Melkevik (eds.), Mythe et justice dans la pensée grecque, P.U.L. (Les Presses de l’Université Laval), collection «Inter-sophia»,  2009, pp. 309-346.
  • «Sartre's critique of positivist psychology in the Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions», Philosophia (Academy of Athens), Vol. 40, Athens 2010, pp. 449-469 (in Greek).
  • «The emotion as magical transformation of the world according to Sartre», Dia-logos, issue 1, Papazisis, Athens 2011, pp. 243-261 (in Greek).
  • «The question of passions in the work of Benjamin Lesvios», in: Lectures of Philosophy: first independent volume of the lectures of the monthly philosophy seminar of the Research Center of Greek Philosophy, Academy of Athens, Athens 2012, pp. 145-190 (in Greek).
  • «The interpenetration in the mental field in Bergson’s philosophy», Dia-logos, issue 2, Papazisis, Athens 2012, pp. 128-148 (in Greek).
  • «Socrates in the work of Rousseau», in: Rojda Azizoğlu & George Faraklas (eds.), Democracy in exile. A guide to Rousseau's thinking 300 years after his birth, Nissos, Athens 2012, pp. 105-131 (in Greek).
  • «Temps et musique selon Bergson», in Panos Vlagopoulos (ed.), Time Theories and Music Conference (Ionian University/Corfu, 27-29 April 2012), Ionian University – Department of Music Studies, Corfu, 2013, pp. 1-18.
  • «La justice selon Bergson avant Les deux sources de la morale et de la religion»: SKEPSIS (A peer-reviewed journal for Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Research, Athens-Olympia, Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture (OCPC)), issue XXIII-2013: In honour of Professor Grigorios Karafillis, pp. 334-342.
  • «Merleau-Ponty and Bergson: critique and relevance», Nefsis, issue 21, Ekdotiki Athinon, Athens 2013, pp. 37-67 (in Greek).
  • «Justice and legitimation in Bergson», Proceedings of the Hellenic Society of Legal-Philosophical and Legal-Historical Research, Vol. 6A: Justification, legitimacy and law. I. Strangas, A. Chanos, D. Pyrgakis, & M. Tsapogas, (eds.), Sakkoula/ Nomos Verlag/ L’Harmattan, Athens/ Thessaloniki/ Baden-Baden/ Paris/ Turin/ Budapest 2014, pp. 329-371 (in Greek, with an extended abstract in French).
  • «La présence de Bergson dans l’œuvre philosophique d’Evanghélos Moutsopoulos», in A. Glycofrydi-Leontsini (dir.), Evanghélos Moutsopoulos. Aspects de sa philosophie [volume dedicated to the work of the emeritus professor Evanghelos Moutsopoulos], L’Harmattan, Paris 2015, pp. 110-143. 
  • Athanasia Glycofrydi-Leontsini (dir.), Evanghélos Moutsopoulos. Aspects de sa philosophie, L’Harmattan, Paris 2015»: book review in French: Philosophia (Academy of Athens), Vol. 46, 2016, pp. 350-362.           
  • «Chantal Jaquet's theory of "transclasses": A Spinoza-inspired philosophical approach to the phenomenon of non-reproduction», Dia-logos, issue 6, Papazisis, Athens 2016, pp. 223-247 (in Greek).
  • «Glances at the work of Kostis Papagiorgis», Nea Estia, Vol. 180, issue 1872, Athens 2017: Tribute to Kostis Papagiorgis, pp. 141-181 (in Greek).
  • «La théorie de la justice de Vladimir Jankélévitch», in: Jus, ars, philosophia et historia. Festschrift für Johannes Strangas zum 70. Geburtstag, D. Charalambis & C. Papaharalambus (eds.), Sakkoulas, Baden-Baden, Nomos Verlag and Athens-Thessaloniki 2017, pp. 657-684.
  • «Vladimir Jankélévitch, Traité des vertus and Quelque part dans l'inachevé (excerpts)», introduction, selection of passages, translation, annotations: Yannis Prelorentzos: Conatus (philosophical journal of the Laboratory of Applied Ethics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Philosophy), Vol. 2, issue 2, Athens 2017, pp. 33-46 (in Greek). (https://ejournals.epublishing.ekt.gr/index.php/Conatus/article/view/15990/14439/EndNoteCitationPlugin)
  • «Dealing with the Crisis via Contemporary French Philosophy (and Some Other Thinkers», in G. Maggini, V. Solomou-Papanikolaou, H. Karabatzaki, and Konstantinos D. Koskeridis (eds.), with a Foreword by João J. Vila-Chã, Philosophy and Crisis. Responding to Challenges to Ways of Life in the Contemporary World, Washington DC, Department of Philosophy, University of Ioannina/ The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Catholic University of America, series IV: «Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change», Vol. II, November 2018, pp. 191-200 (in English).
  • «The role of literature in the philosophical thinking of Cornelius Castoriadis», in: Giannis Ktenas & Alexandros Schismenos (eds.), The thought of Cornelius Castoriadis and its importance for us today, Evrasia, Athens 2018, pp. 195-206 (in Greek).
  • «Une étude magistrale sur le nouage, dans l’œuvre de Proust, entre littérature et philosophie et sur la spécificité de son idéalisme», Philosophia (Academy of Athens), Vol.48, Athens 2018, pp. 338-361.
  • «Le rôle et les usages de Spinoza dans la philosophie de Bergson», in the collective volume dedicated to the memory of Jean-Marie Beyssade, Emeritus Professor at the Sorbonne University Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), La Générosité à l’œuvre. Hommage à Jean-Marie Beyssade, under the supervision of Chantal Jaquet, collection «Rencontres», Classiques Garnier, Paris 2019, pp. 47-77.
  • «The reception of ancient Greek philosophy by Henri Bergson», Philosophia (Academy of Athens), Vol. 48, Athens 2018 (2019), pp. 166-200 (in Greek).
  • «Two major cases of “transclasses”: Annie Ernaux and Didier Éribon», Dia-logos, issue no. 9, Athens 2019, pp. 216-250 (in Greek).
  • «Albert Camus' reflections on ancient Greek philosophy and on the fundamental aspects of ancient Greek culture», Philosophia (Academy of Athens) (in Greek, forthcoming).
  • «Fundamental aspects of the philosophical treatment of the narrative by Paul Ricoeur», in the collective volume about Ricoeur’s Philosophy, Artos Zois, collection “Synantiseis” (in Greek, forthcoming).
  • «Aspects of the thought and the multifaceted work of Panagiotis Noutsos from Ellinoaustralia (1996) until today», Proceedings from the scientific symposium in honour of professor emeritus Panagiotis Noutsos, Papazisis (in Greek, forthcoming).
  • «Des passions cartésiennes aux affects spinoziens: convergences et écarts», Proceedings from the scientific meetings for Descartes and Spinoza which had been held at the University Aix-en-Provence, Presses Universitaires de Provence (forthcoming).
  • «Critical dimension and emancipatory aspects of literature in the philosophical work of Gilles Deleuze», in the collective volume Travelling with Gilles Deleuze, Ekkremes (in Greek, forthcoming).
  • «Versions of “aporein” and “thaumazein” in French philosophy: from Descartes and Bergson to Gabriel Marcel, Deleuze and Hadot», collective volume Thaumazein-Aporein-Philosofein, Papadopoulos (in Greek, forthcoming).



  • By decision of the Prime Minister of the French Republic, I was awarded, on January 1, 2015, with the title of «Knight of the Order of Academic Palms» (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques), due to my contribution to the French culture [Official awarding of the title, by the Director of the French Institute of Greece Mr. Olivier Descotes and by the President of AMOPA Hellas Mr. Christodoulou, at the French Institute of Athens, on June 2, 2015].
  • I was Chercheur associé of «Centre d’Histoire des Systèmes de Pensée Moderne» (CHSPM – Equipe d’accueil 1451), Université de Paris 1 – Sorbonne, UFR de philosophie, 17, rue de la Sorbonne, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, FRANCE
  • I was an elected member of the Administrative Council of the International Philosophical Society “Société des Amis de Bergson”, from November 2014 to November 2018.
  • I have evaluated a number of articles with philosophical content, which were proposed for publication in scientific blind peer reviewed philosophical publications (Axiologika, Ariadne, Nefsis, Philosophia, Ethiki).
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (autumn 2014).