Athens, July 11, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The works of the World Conference on “The Philosophy of Aristotle” began on Sunday with opening speeches by Dermont Moran from Ireland and Vasiliki Karavakou from the University of Macedonia. The conference takes place at the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Athens with leading scientist from all over the world participating and it will end on 15 July.
The conference was organized on the occasion of the 2.400 years from the birth of Aristotle and it takes place under the auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic with the support of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP). Its aim is primarily to explore and highlight the importance of the philosophical thought of Aristotle on public affairs, but also in general for global issues affecting humanity.
The conference is held in Athens where Aristotle lived most of his life, studied for a long time and taught at Plato’s Academy; also where he founded the Lyceum, where he taught and flourished. The archaeological research and excavations that recently revealed the Lyceum of Aristotle will be the focus of the conference. Also, the texture and quality of the democratic state will be discussed at special sessions with selected speakers on the sacred and historical site of the School of Plato’s Academy, Pnyx and Zeus.
At the Philosophy Faculty throughout the conference, a book fair on philosophical scientific content will operate, while in the context of the conference, the Education minister and former rector of Athens University, Theodosis Pelegrinis, will present on July 13 a play titled ‘Aristotle’ directed by Nikos Paroikos.