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and other academic and cultural institutions and organisations are pleased to announce the:
on the topic of:
(GREECE, AUGUST 1st-7th, 2003)

The Conference is under the Aegis of the President of the Hellenic Republic and the direction of an International Academic Committee.

The place of the Conference will be announced in due course.

The conference has the following aims:
1. To examine significant conceptions of philosophy from the Presocratic to contemporary times.
2. To inquire into contemporary philosophical trends, schools and doctrines, highlighting the manner in which they express the nature and function of philosophy.
3. To discern the extent to which various conceptions of philosophy address the problems of our age.
4. To demonstrate ways in which contemporary conceptions of philosophy draw upon Greek philosophical thought or ways in which Greek philosophy constitutes a source of inspiration for contemporary thought.
5. To achieve a high level of self-consciousness among the members of the international philosophical community.

The conference is open to all philosophers, including specialists in Greek philosophy, and all researchers of contemporary philosophical thought. However the conference will focus on the very conceptions of philosophy per se. This means that the Conference will not deal with other aspects in the work of any philosopher, but only on the conception of philosophy that is propounded.

The aims of the conference encompass a number of issues, historical, theoretical, critical and practical, and lend themselves to several topics, including the following:
1. Presocratic conceptions of philosophy (Pythagoreans, Heraclitus, Eleatics, etc.)
2. Classical conceptions (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle) which posit philosophy as a way of life, as a and a response to culture, or as a corrective to Rhetoric.
3. Post-Aristotelian conceptions of philosophy (Cynics, Epicureans, Stoics, Skeptics)
4. Neo-Platonist conceptions of philosophy (Plotinus etc.)
5. Christian, Jewish, Medieval, Byzantine and Islamic conceptions of philosophy
6. Modern conceptions of philosophy (Descartes, Kant, Hegel ,etc.)
7. Contemporary conceptions of philosophy (Existentialism, Critical School of Philosophy-Dialectical Philosophy, Positivism and Neo-positivism, Pragmatism, Analytical Philosophy, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, Constructionalism and Deconstructionalism, etc.)
8. Non-Western conceptions of philosophy (Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, etc.)
9. What contributions can classical visions of philosophy make to the ongoing philosophical enterprise? In turn, what can contemporary approaches to philosophy contribute to the elucidation of our understanding of classical approaches to philosophy?
10. The future of philosophy

There are three categories of presentation:
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 issues, evaluate the research undertaken in connection with the subject, and examine systematically current philosophical problems concerning the nature and the task of philosophy in relation to 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, and send all the necessary information (a detailed Curriculum Vitae and a substantive Abstract of their paper) to the Organising Committee by 30th December 2002. The Organising Committee hopes to cover the cost of board and accommodation for Invited Speakers during the days of 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. In March 2003 all participants will be notified by mail or e-mail regarding the category to which they have been assigned.

All participants will be notified by mail regarding the category to which they have been assigned in March 2003.

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 5.1 and upward and in Times New Roman font or equivalent) or in Word 2000 for Windows ( saved as preferably Word 97-2000- 6.0/95 & RTF) using Times New Roman fonts 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 (ICGPC) 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 2003.

The Conference is open to all who wish to attend, provided that he or she contacts the Organising Committee and completes the necessary forms (Nos. 1, 2 and 3) and pays the Conference fee. Persons accompanying participants should also complete the forms and pay the Conference fee specified on PARTICIPATION FORM No. 3.

The official languages at the Conference will be Greek, English, French and German. However, due to the prohibitively high cost of simultaneous translation, only the first two of these languages will be simultaneously translated; scholars presenting papers in French or German are requested to make available extensive abstracts of their papers in English for publication in the Conference programme.

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 participation of whatever kind must be received by: 30 December 2002. Applications should be made on PARTICIPATION FORM No. 1.

PARTICIPATION FORM No. 2 should be sent no later than : 30 January 2003. 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 2003.

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. 8).

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. 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 PARTICIPATION FORM No. 1.

Correspondence related to the Conference should be sent to following address:

Professor Konstantine Boudouris
President of the Organising Committee
Fifteenth International Conference of Greek Philosophy
5 Simonidou Str., 174 56 ALIMOS (ATHENS) - GREECE
TEL. +30-210-727.7545, FAX. +30-210-7248979, +30-210-9923281,

Persons living in North America (USA or Canada) may contact for information on any matter relating to their participation in the Conference:

a. Professor Gerasimos Santas
Honorary President of the IAGP
University of California -Irvine
Department of Philosophy
Irvine, California 92717 , USA.
Tel. : 001 704-804-6145.

b. Professor Thomas M. Robinson
Honorary President of the IAGP
Department of Philosophy
University of Toronto, 15 Huron St. 9th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A1
Tel. 416-978-2824. Fax: 416-978-8703.

c. Professor Alexander Nehamas
University of Princeton
Department of Philosophy
1789 Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544-1005, USA
Tel.609-258-6125, FAX:609-258-2137

d. Professor John Poulakos
Communication Department
University of Pittsburgh
1117 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, P A15260 , USA
Tel. 412-624-6567. FAX: 412-624-1878.

e. Professor Joanne Waugh
Department of Philosophy,CPR 107
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida 33620, USA
FAX. 813-974-5918.
E- mail:

f. Professor David Hitchcok
Department of Philosophy
MacMaster University
1280 Main St. West, Hamilton
FAX. 905-577-0385. Tel. 905-577-8492
E- mail:

Persons living in Japan may contact for information on any matter relating to their participation in the Conference:

g. Professor Hideya Yamakawa
Tezukayama 1-24-7
631-0062 Nara City, Japan.
TEL. 0742-46-6933. FAX. 0742-45-4946.

h. Professor Shigeru Yonezawa
2-5-84 Nishishimachi, Mojiku
Kitakyushu City,800-0056 JAPAN
TEL. 093-551-3929. FAX. 093-551-3929.

Any other person who has not already received the present Circular can get information (circular, forms etc.) related to the Conference from our home-page:

In the belief that this Conference will present an exceptional opportunity for research into and clarification of aspects of a burning subject of great philosophical significance, we hope that the Conference will also provide participants with an opportunity for true recreation and leisure (schole).

With kind regards

Professor Konstantine Boudouris
President of the Organising Committee


Participation Forms
in plain text format: No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8
or as jpg images: No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8