Kostas Axelos, the great Philosopher of the Open Horizon is Dead!

February 5, 2010

Void Network
announces the death of our great spiritual friend,
Kostas Axelos.

The thinker of the Vast Open Horizon,
the enigmatic thinker of the Planetary Age died
in 5 February 2010 in the age of 85.
He will be always with us on our explorations in outer space,
in our great navigations of endless future, in our never ending
travelling inside the centuries, the moments, the galaxies of passions
and the microcosms of experience…
Void Network thanks Kostas Axelos for all great inspiration and
mind expanding philosphical influence that he offered to our collective
for all help that offered to us on our steps to the Edges of the Horizon

Costas Axelos (more usually spelled Kostas Axelos) is a Greek Philosopher. He was born on the 26th of June 1924 in Athens and attended high school at the French Institute[1] and the German School of Athens, Greece. He enrolled in the Law School in order to pursue studies in law and economics. With the onset of World War II he got involved in politics; during the German and Italian occupation he participated in the Greek Resistance, and later in the Greek Civil War, as an organiser and journalist affiliated with the Communist Party (1941-1945). He was later expelled from the Communist Party and condemned to death by the right-wing government. He was arrested and escaped.

At the end of 1945 Axelos moved to Paris, France, where he studied philosophy at Sorbonne. From 1950 to 1957 he worked as a researcher in the philosophy branch of C.R.N.S, where he was writing his dissertations[1], and subsequently proceeded to work in Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. From 1962 to 1973 he taught philosophy in Sorbonne. His dissertation “Marx, penseur de la technique” (translated as “Alienation, Praxis and Techne in the Thought of Karl Marx”) tried to provide an understanding of modern technology based on the thought of Heidegger and Marx and was very influential in the 1960s, alongside the philosophy of Herbert Marcuse.

Axelos was a collaborator, columnist, and subsequently editor of the magazine ArgumentsArguments in Edition de Minuit[2]. He has published texts mostly in French, but also in Greek and German. His most important book is “Le Jeu du Monde” (Play of the World), where Axelos argues for a pre-ontological status of play. (1956-1962). He founded and, since 1960, has run the series

Axelos lives in Paris, France and once a year he spends a month in Greece.[citation needed]

His main works are:

  • Heraclite et la Philosophie,
  • Marx Penseur de la Techique,
  • Vers la Pensee Planetaire,
  • Le Jeu Du Monde,
  • Pour Une Ethique Problematique,
  • Systematique Ouverte,
  • Metamorphoses.

biographical note from wikkipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kostas_Axelos


  1. ^ a b “INTERVIEW: Kostas Axelos; Mondialisation without the world”. Radical Philosophy. 2005. http://www.radicalphilosophy.com/pdf/mondialisation.pdf. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  2. ^ “Kostas Axelos”. Éditions de Minuit. http://www.leseditionsdeminuit.eu/f/index.php?sp=livAut&auteur_id=1383. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
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