Staff profile

Dr George Vassilacopoulos

Senior Lecturer

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities2, Room 216., Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

BA (Hons-La Trobe), PhD (La Trobe).

Membership of professional associations

Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association. Australasian Association of Philosophy.

Area of study

Philosophy

Brief profile

Since completing his PhD on Hegel’s philosophical system, George Vassilacopoulos has developed research interests addressing the continuities and divergences in the thought of European philosophers including Hegel, Heidegger, Derrida, Husserl, Levinas and Castoriadis. The focus of this research is on the meaning and practice of communal gathering, history and otherness. George has also been working on the links between these thinkers and the history of Greek and Christian thought as well as on the role and nature of philosophical thinking in the 21st century. George also collaborates on research in the areas of critical race and whiteness theory and the history of Greek-Australian political activism, multiculturalism and foreigner discourses.

Research interests

History of Philosophy

- Critical Race and Whiteness theory

Philosophy of the Mind

- Greek and European Philosophy

Teaching units

  • PHI1GPI - Great Philosophical Ideas
  • STC1ECO – Ethical Communication
  • PHI2MMW - The Making of the Modern Western Worldview
  • PHI2PAM - Plato and the Meaning of Being
  • PHI2/3BAW – Being and World.

Recent publications

Books

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 2014 Indigenous Sovereignty and the Being of the Occupier: Manifesto for a White Australian Philosophy of Origins, Melbourne: re.press.

Vassilacopoulos, G. 2013 Monumental Fragments: Places of Philosophy in the Age of Dispersion, Mebourne: re.press.

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 2013 The Disjunctive Logic of the World: Thinking Global Civil Society with Hegel, Melbourne: re.press.

  Ashton, P, Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G (eds), 2008, The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking, Seddon, Melbourne, re. press.

  Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2004, From Foreigner to Citizen: Greek Migrants and Social Change in White Australia, 1897-2000, (Greek) Melbourne and Pireas, Eothinon Publications.

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 1999 Hegel and the Logical Structure of Love: An Essay on Sexualities Family and the Law, Aldershot: Ashgate. Reprinted 2010 re.press.

Selected Journal Papers and Book chapters

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. Forthcoming Feb 2014, ‘The time of radical autonomous thinking and social-historical becoming in Castoriadis’, Thesis Eleven.

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 2013 'Auto/biographical writing and Greek-Australian historiography', Journal of Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand) Special Issue (eds.), M. Tsianikas, N. Maadad, G. Couvalis and M. Palaksoglou, Crossing Boundaries: Greek Textual and Cultural Landscapes, Adelaide.

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 2012 ‘“What ought we to think?”’: Castoriadis’ response to the question for thinking’, Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 8(2): 21-33.

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 2012 ‘The Pulse of Chronos: Historical time, the eternal and timelessness in the Platonic gathering’, Parrhesia, 15: 54-63.

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 2011 “Australian Multiculturalism: Beyond Management Models” in Reza Hasmath, (ed.), Managing Ethnic Diversity: Meanings and Practices from an International Perspective, Aldershot, Ashgate, pp. 141-161.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2009, 'The making of a new transnational integration discourse: The case of the Greek-Australian migrants in the 1940s’, Elizabeth Close, George Couvalis, George Franzis, Maria, Palaksoglu, Michael Tsianikas, (ed(s)), Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies. Flinders University, June 2007. Greek Research in Australia. Flinders University, 06/2007, Flinders University, Australia, pp.163-172.

  Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2009, ‘Platon: Adelaide’s Greek Workers’ League’, Elizabeth Close, George Couvalis, George Franzis, Maria, Palaksoglu, Michael Tsianikas, (ed(s)), Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies. Flinders University, June 2007. Greek Research in Australia. Flinders University, 06/2007, Flinders University, Australia, pp.173-182.

Vassilacopoulos, G. 2008 ‘Vision and memory in speculative philosophy’, English/Turkish Journal, Monokl 4-5 : 179-186.

Vassilacopoulos, G 2008, 'Reflections on Heidegger's Saying: "The way what is questioned essentially engages our questioning belongs to the innermost meaning of the question of being"', Heidegger and the Aesthetics of Living, Ed(s). Vrasidas Karalis, Newcastle, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 142-156.

  Vassilacopoulos, G 2007, 'Gathering and Dispersing: The Absolute Spirit in Hegel's Philosophy', Cosmos and History: the journal of natural and social philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 2-3, pp.254-275. Reprinted in Ashton, P, Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G (eds), 2008, The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking, Seddon, Melbourne, re. press.

Vassilacopoulos, G 2007, 'Plato's Republic and the End of Philosophy', Philosophical Inquiry: international quarterly, Vol. XXIX, No. 1-2, pp.34-45.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2007, 'The Ego as World: Speculative Justification and the Role of the Thinker in Hegel's Philosophy', Cosmos and History: the Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 2-3, pp.84-116. Reprinted in Ashton, P, Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G (eds), 2008, The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking, Seddon, Melbourne, re. press.   Ashton, P, Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2007, 'The Spirit of the Age and the Fate of Philosophical Thinking', Cosmos and History: the journal of natural and social philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 2-3, pp.1-4. Reprinted in Ashton, P, Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G (eds), 2008, The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking, Seddon, Melbourne, re. press.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2007, 'Struggles to Belong: Greek Migrants' Citizenship Rights', Elizabeth Close, Michael Tsianikas, George Couvalis (ed(s)), Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies. Flinders University, June 2005. Greek Research in Australia, Flinders University, 23/06/2005, Flinders University, Australia, pp.145-154.   Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2007, 'The Greek-Australian Unemployed Movement and the Construction of the Migrants' Rights Discourse', Elizabeth Close, Michael Tsianikas, George Couvalis (ed(s)), Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies. Flinders University, June 2005. Greek Research in Australia. Flinders University, 23/06/2005, Flinders University, Australia, pp.135-144.

  Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2006, 'Philosophy and Revolution: Badiou's Infidelity to the Event', Cosmos and History, Vol. 2, No. 1-2, pp.210-225.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2006, 'Australian Cultural Memory and the Visionary Appropriation of History', Journal of Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), Vol. - pp.142-151.

  Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2005, 'On the Systemic Meaning of Meaningless Utterances: The Place of Language in Hegel's Speculative Philosophy', Cosmos and History, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp.17-26.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2005, 'Becoming Australians by Choice: Greek-Australian Activism in 1960s Melbourne', Go! Melbourne. Melbourne in the Sixties, Ed(s). Seamus O'Hanlon & Tanja Luckins, Melbourne, Melbourne Publishing Group Pty Ltd, pp. 245-259.

   Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2005, 'On the Methodology of Greek-Australian Historiography', Elizabeth Close, MichaelTsianikas, George Frazis (ed(s)), Greek Research in Australia, Flinders University, 11/04/2003, The Department of Languages, Modern Greek, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, pp.263-274.

  Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2004, 'On the other side of xenophobia: philoxenia as the ground of refugee rights', Australian Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp.63-77.   Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2004, 'Racism, foreigner communities and the onto- pathology of white Australian subjectivity', Whitening Race. Essays in social and cultural criticism, ed. Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Canberra, ACT, Aboriginal Studies Press, pp. 32-47.

Nicolacopoulos, T, Vassilacopoulos, G & Kyrkilis, J 2004, 'From Epistemological Indeterminism to Ontological Integrity: Ethnicity and Generational Differences in Collaborative Life-History Writing', Auto/Biography Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1 & 2, pp.275-285.

  Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2003, 'Inquiry into hope', Critical and Creative Thinking: The Australasian Journal of Philosophy in Schools, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp.1-7; 'Inquiry into hope': A brief Reply, Critical and Creative Thinking: The Australasian Journal of philosophy in schools, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp.16-17.

  Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2003, 'The Making of Greek-Australian Citizenship: From Heteronomous to Autonomous Political Communities', Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 11/12 pp.165-176.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2004, 'Greek-Australian Community Development: Diversity and Solidarity in Place of Loyalty.', Kevin Brown, Jacques Boulet, Phil Connors, Linette Hawkins, Sue Kenny, Lorraine Kerr, Rosemary Leonard, Ruth Phillips (eds), Community Development Human Rights and the Grassroots: a conference to explore and celebrate the role of community development today., Deakin University, Melbourne, 14/04/2004, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia, pp.182-194.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2004, 'Discursive Constructions of the Southern European Foreigner', Susanne Schech and Ben Wadham (ed(s)), Placing Race and Localising Whiteness, Flinders University, South Australia, 01/10/2003, Flinders University Press, South Australia, pp.73-81.