World Congress “Aristotle 2400 Years”



May 23-28, 2016

The “Interdisciplinary Centre for Aristotle Studies,” of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is proud to announce the World Congress “Aristotle 2400 Years” which is to be held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in ancient Stageira and in ancient Mieza, under the auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic. The Congress has the support of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP), of the Academy of Athens, of the Research Centre for Greek Philosophy of the Academy of Athens and of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO.

Aristotle, who was born in Stageira, Macedonia, in 384 BC, is the universal philosopher, whose work has left an indelible mark on the Classical, Hellenistic and Graeco-Roman world, on the Byzantine scholarly tradition, on the Arab world, on the Medieval Europe and continues to exercise influence on the intellectual life of contemporary Western civilization.

He is the philosopher whose work spreads over the broadest range of topics, covering all major branches of Philosophy such as Logic, Dialectic, Syllogistic, Metaphysics, Political-Moral Philosophy, Rhetoric, Poetics and extending in an impressive way into areas related to all fundamental scientific disciplines, such as Physics, Biology, Zoology, Botany, Taxonomy, Mathematics, Meteorology, Astronomy, Geology, Psychology, Medicine, Economics, Humanities, Law and Political Science, Economics, Health Sciences and even Technological Sciences.

The aim of the Congress is to advance scholarship on all aspects of Aristotle’s work; a work whose impact is unique in volume of influence in the history of the human thought; a work which continues to be present in the intellectual evolution of Western civilization, thus becoming an integral and essential part of its cultural heritage. We believe that such work deserves to be studied not only for its long-standing influence, but also for its relevance for the 21st century. Furthermore, the insights in Aristotle’s work, in the light of new discoveries in contemporary sciences, can enable us to build the conceptual bridges between scientific thought and philosophical reflection; it can also offer the paradigm par excellence for an interdisciplinary approach of knowledge.

The organizers invite papers on all aspects of Aristotle’s philosophy. Particularly welcome are interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches of the Stageirite’s work, as well as approaches investigating its relevance today and its potential to lead us to a deeper understanding of concepts, ideas and problems of our own era in a global scale.

The Congress will be the high spot of all events to be organized worldwide in 2016 for the celebration of the “Aristotle Anniversary Year”, as it has the unique privilege to be held at the Aristotle University, which bears the Stageirite’s name, in ancient Stageira, the birthplace of Aristotle and in ancient Mieza, the place where Aristotle taught Alexander the Great; nonetheless, because leading Aristotle scholars on a global scale are participating as Invited Speakers and as members of the Honorary and the Scientific Committee. Furthermore, there is already an impressive number of contributed papers from an equally impressive number of countries all over the world

— Eleni


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