World’s Philosophers Convene in Athens



    tromaktiko5058_2Leading intellectuals of the world, such as Juergen Habermas and Umberto Eco, Alexander Nehamas, Bill Macbride, the Dermot Moran, Luca Scarantino will take part in the 23rd World Philosophy Conference, to be held for the first time in Greece from Aug. 4-10.

    There was no word on whether they had any brilliant ideas to solve the country’s crushing economic crisis.

    “Philosophy as inquiry and way of life” is the theme of the conference, organized by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies and Greek Philosophical Society as a return to the classical sources of philosophy given that this year is the anniversary of the 2400 years date of the establishment and operation of Academy of Plato, which is now a neglected patch of weeds.

    Some of the sessions with symbolic meaning will be held at the archaeological site of Plato’s Academy, and Pnyx, the cradle of Athenian democracy, the Lyceum of Aristotle and St. Fotini of Ilisos, the place where the dialogue of Plato’s Phaedrus takes place. The official opening of the conference will be held at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, where a music event will be held, while the works of the conference will be held at the University Campus in Athens.

    The conference hopes to provide some answers to the problems of humanity of the 21st Century by more than 2,000 participants from 105 countries worldwide sending their messages about values, positions and spiritual orientations but at the same time talking about the attitude of the philosophers in the modern world. It could be good timing as Greece is looking for some solutions.