THIRTEENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON GREEK PHILOSOPHY
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GREEK PHILOSOPHY ( IAGP )
THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR GREEK PHILOSOPHY & CULTURE
THE SOCIETY FOR ANCIENT GREEK PHILOSOPHY (SAGP - USA)
THE DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
and other academic and cultural institutions and organisations
are pleased to announce the:
THIRTEENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON GREEK PHILOSOPHY
on the topic of:
"THE PHILOSOPHY OF COMMUNICATION"
(A PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE DEDICATED TO SOCRATES
ON THE OCCASION OF THE 2400th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH)
(AUGUST 18th TO 25th, 2001)
The Conference which will take place on the AEGEAN ISLAND OF RHODES, is under the Aegis of the President of the Hellenic Republic and the direction of an International Academic Committee.
THE AIMS OF THE CONFERENCE ARE THE FOLLOWING:
A. To examine the views of Greek thinkers and philosophers concerning the concept of communication from early Greek thought to the present (Pre-Socratic, Platonic, Aristotelian, Hellenistic, Byzantine and Modern Greek Philosophy).
B. To offer a synoptic view of concepts and theories of communication, including modern theories, and to examine these from a philosophical point of view.
C. To examine the implications of the mass media and media technologies in relation to questions of epistemology, ethics, politics, and aesthetics.
The Conference will focus on a systematic and critical examination of the concepts of communication and not on the content of communication or its formal logic per se.
The Conference is open to all philosophers, including specialists in Greek philosophy and classics with a philosophical trend of mind, and those doing research in communication science and culture. It is also open to creative persons in all the arts and sciences who, taking into consideration contemporary discussions of the problems raised by communication, attempt to specify the criteria whereby communication might be successfully attained in various fields of life.
The aims of the Conference encompass a number of issues, historical, theoretical, critical and practical, and lend themselves to the discussion of several topics, including the following:
1. PHILOSOPHY AND DIALOGUE
The essence of the philosophy of dialogical communication, whether in the form of prose writings (from Socrates to Thomas More to Hume to our own times) or of verse (as is the case of classical Greek tragedy and comedy).
2. PHILOSOPHY AND RHETORIC
Ways in which philosophy and rhetoric differ from or are similar to one another in light of their respective purposes, means, messages, audiences, and roles in society.
3. PHILOSOPHY AND DEBATE
The conditions and causes of human controversy in such areas as philosophy, law, politics (political and parliamentary debates), history, art, religion, and science. Ways in which debates are organized and executed. Criteria for a successful debate.
4. PHILOSOPHY AND NON-LINGUISTIC FORMS OF COMMUNICATION
Art as a means of communication in philosophy. The philosophy of communication in art (music, sculpture,painting, architecture and other non-linguistic modes of communication).The philosophy of information.
5. PHILOSOPHY AND CONTEMPORARY MODES OF COMMUNICATION
Difference, supplementarity and complementarity among oral, written, and electronic modes of communication in a globalised era. Ways in which a particular mode facilitates or hampers the purpose or outcome of communication. The nature of communication and the problems raised in communicating for the mass media, the Internet, etc.
6. PROMINENT PHILOSOPHICAL COMMUNICATION THEORIES
Contemporary philosophical approaches to communication. These would include theories and views such as those of Habermas and Appel on communicative action and language pragmatics; those of J. L. Austin, John Searle and others on speech acts; and those of Wittgenstein on language, culture and communication.
7. PHILOSOPHY, COMMUNICATION AND GLOBALISATION
The nature of communication and the philosophical problems raised in the context of globalisation.
There are the following presentation categories:
Category a: The presentation of original academic Papers (approx. ten to twelve) by Invited Speakers of 30 mins. duration (i.e. a maximum of ten typed pages double-spaced, and page coverage 16 x 20).
Category b: The presentation of original academic Papers of 20 mins. duration (i.e. a maximum of seven typed pages, double-spaced, and page coverage 16 x 20).
Category c: Short presentation of papers on a Conference topic of 10-15 mins. duration.
The Papers in Category A will address the problems, evaluate the research undertaken in connection with the subject, and examine systematically current philosophical problems concerning communication in relation to problems raised in Greek Philosophy.
Participants who wish to be considered for Category A should express their interest promptly and state their preferences concerning the topic they wish to deal with, sending all the necessary information (a detailed Curriculum Vitae and an Abstract of their paper) to the Organising Committee. The Organising Committee hopes to cover the cost of board and accommodation for Invited Speakers during the Conference.
However, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to provide up to 30 min. of speaking time to members of the Conference whose expenses will not be covered as Invited Speakers.
Moreover, in keeping with a standard principle of the IAGP, every endeavour will be made to ease the financial burden of Speakers at the Conference.
All participants will be notified by mail regarding the category to which they have been assigned in March 2001.
The texts to be read at the Conference in their final form should be saved on 3.5 diskette and on an Apple computer (Software MS Word 4.0 and upward (6.0) and in Times New Roman font or equivalent) or in Word 6.0 and upwards for Windows (preferably 95) using Times New Roman fonts (and saved also as Document for MAC. 5.1) with page coverage 18 x 12.
All papers presented at the Conference and selected for publication are copyrighted by the International Center for Greek Philosophy and Culture and cannot be republished without the express permission of the ICGPC.
Fuller texts of Papers (15-20 pages) in both categories (a and b) will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Texts in their final form for publication must be on diskette in accordance with the specifications above[see also FORM No. 7] .The diskette (3.5) should be sent, together with one printed hard copy of the Paper, to the IAGP.
Texts in their final form (Diskette and hard copy with the indication: FINAL TEXT FOR PUBLICATION) must be submitted no later than the end of September 2001.
The Conference is, of course, open to anyone (Greek or not) who wishes to attend, provided that he or she contacts the Organising Committee and completes the necessary forms (No. 1, 2 and 3 ) and pays the Conference fee. Persons accompanying participants should also complete the forms and pay the Conference fee specified in PARTICIPATION form No. 3.
The official languages at the Conference will be Greek, English, French and German.
Greeks who present Papers are kindly asked to submit an acceptable English translation of the latest version of their Papers which will be read at the Conference. This should be submitted to the Conference Secretary two months before the opening of the Conference.
Applications for all kinds of participation must be received by: 30 December 2000.
Applications should be made on PARTICIPATION FORM No. 1.
PARTICIPATION FORM No. 2 should be sent no later than : 28 February 2001.
PARTICIPATION FORM No. 2 should be accompanied by an Abstract of the Paper to be presented together with an English translation in the case of Greek scholars. The Abstract should be written in such a way as to give a clear indication of ideas and the line of argument that the finished paper will be pursuing.
The full texts of the Papers (two copies) should be sent to the Organising committee by: 30 June 2001.
During the Conference, there will be an EXHIBITION OF BOOKS ON PHILOSOPHY. Authors of books, particularly those connected with the topic of the Conference, are kindly requested to send copies of their books so these may be included in the exhibition (FORM No. 5).
Conference participants who are coming to the Conference for the first time are advised that cancellations cause major logistical, scheduling and economic problems for the organization of an international Conference of this scope. Outings, receptions and other activities are seriously disrupted by cancellations and schedule changes. We ask that only those who are certain of their attendance submit the forms for participation.
The Conference attempts to achieve the spirit of Hellenic philosophy as a way of life and consequently tries to include many activities whose purpose is to enrich participants with exposure to Greek culture, both ancient and modern, and to an environment where discourse may occur with the warmth of hospitality, friendship and intervals of relaxation and feasts.
The Conference includes simultaneous translation to facilitate communication among the participants.
Conference sessions are scheduled for 8:30 - 13:30 (morning session) and 17:00-20:00 (afternoon / evening session). This allows participants plenty of free time to enjoy swimming in the beautiful waters of the Aegean, or to enjoy the wonderful Mediterranean atmosphere and hospitality that the Conference locale offers.
Further details concerning the organisation of the Conference will be given in the Second Circular, which will be sent only to all those expressing a wish to participate in the Conference and who have already sent their PARTICIPATION FORM No.1.
Correspondence relating to the Conference should be sent to the following address:
Professor Konstantine Boudouris
President of the Organising Committee
Thirteenth International Conference of Greek Philosophy
5 Simonidou Str., 174 56 ALIMOS (ATHENS) - GREECE
TEL. 301-727.7545, FAX. 301-7248979,301-9923281, E-Mail.:email@example.com
Persons living in North America (USA or Canada) may contact for information on any matter relating to their participation in the Conference:
a. Professor Thomas M. Robinson
Honorary President of the IAGP
Department of Philosophy
University of Toronto
215 Huron St. 9th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A1
Tel. 416-978-2824. Fax: 416-978-8703. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
b. Professor Alexander Nehamas
Department of Philosophy
University of Princeton
Princeton, NJ 08544-1006, USA
Tel. 609 - 258-6125. FAX: 609 - 258 - 2137, E-mail:email@example.com
c. Professor John Poulakos
University of Pittsburgh
1117 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA15260, USA. FAX: 412-624-1878. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
d. Professor Joanne Waugh
Department of Philosophy, CPR 107
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida 33620, USA .
FAX. 813-974-5918. E- mail: Waugh@chuma.usf.edu
Any other person who has not already received the present circular can get information (circular, forms etc.) related to the Conference at our INTERNET home-page:
In the belief that this Conference will be of great significance and present an exceptional opportunity for research, thought and clarification of aspects on a subject of particular philosophical significance, we hope that the Conference will provide participants with an opportunity for true recreation and leisure (schole).