Dimitris Dimitrakos

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Dimitris Dimitrakos (Greek: Δημήτρης Δημητράκος; born 1936 in Athens, Greece) is a Greek philosopher, currently Professor Emeritus of Political Philosophy in the Philosophy of Science Department of the University of Athens. He originally studied economics at the London School of Economics (LSE), taking part in seminars given there by Karl Popper, before obtaining a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy at the University of Paris with a thesis on Antonio Gramsci. Since then he has taught at the Universities of Paris, Reims, Thessaly and Athens and as a visiting professor at the LSE.

Dimitrakos' work focuses on a re-examination of Popper's political philosophy in contemporary terms, a critique of Marxism from a Popperian standpoint, the role of rationalism and liberalism in social, political and human rights theory and the nature of contemporary political philosophy, in particular democratic theory.

He has also studied and published on civil society, nationalism and current political problems. His research interests focus on economic theory, liberalism and the epistemology of social sciences.

In July 2002, he was a speaker at the Karl Popper centenary conference held in Vienna.[1]

Select bibliography[edit]

  • "Science politique", Encyclopédie Weber (Paris, 1971).
  • Gramsci et le problème de la conquête du pouvoir (Paris, 1980).
  • A Vision of Liberty (Athens, 1997).
  • "Gramsci and the contemporary debate on Marxism", Philosophy of Social Sciences, January 1992.


  1. ^ Abstract of Dimitrakos' paper "The Weapon of Criticism".

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