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and other academic and cultural institutions and organisations
are pleased to announce the:




The Conference is held under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of the Aegean and is directed by an International Academic Committee.

The Conference will take place at the beautiful Aegean islands of Samos (Pythagorion) and Patmos (Fourni), from 1st August until 7th August 2005.

The general aim of the Conference is to examine the problem of culture (and of values in general) in the age of globalisation from a philosophical point of view.

The particular goals of the Conference are to clarify the phenomenon of culture in relation to other areas of life; to examine the possibility of a hierarchy of values and cultural creations; and to investigate the possibility of avoiding clashes between radically different cultures. Its overall goal is to investigate the issue of culture in relation to the process of globalisation, and the possibility of the establishment of a culture of cultures or a cosmopolitan culture, and the determining of the principles and values that could establish such a culture.

Particular themes that the Conference will pursue may be articulated as follows:

  1. Theoretical conceptions of the notion of culture and conceptual clarifications of such conceptions (nature, primitive society and political society; popular and classical culture; forms of life and culture; interpretations of the phenomenon of culture; the necessary and sufficient conditions for the emergence, expression and constitution of culture; cultural universals; apoge and decline of cultures; the notion of cultural development; kinds of cultural values, etc.)
  2. Culture in history (great cultures of the past and their meaning for us today; the essential characteristics and elements of these cultures [Chinese, Indian, Egyptian, Arab, European, etc.]; the essence of Greek culture; Greek culture then and now; meeting and merging of cultures).
  3. Culture, nature and ecology (wildlife and culture; the dichotomy between cultured and primitive society; contemporary and postmodern philosophy of nature (wilderness); towards an ecological culture).
  4. Culture, values and globalisation (cultural identities; culture and religious fundamentalism/radicalism; the meeting and clash of cultures; cosmopolitanism, or towards a culture of cultures).

There are the following categories of presentation:

Category a: The presentation of original academic Papers (approx. 20 to 30 ) 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 15 mins. duration.

Category d: The presentation of Post-Graduate Students Papers (Students’ Sessions).

Category e: Participation by Posters (Poster Sessions).

The Papers in Category a will address particular issues, evaluate research undertaken in connection with the subject of the topic in the last decades, and provide an overview and synthesis of various philosophical approaches to the topic of the Conference.

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 28th February 2005. Persons interested in being considered for designation as Invited Speakers should fill out and send in Form no. 1A to the Organising Committee. The Organising Committee will cover the cost of board and accommodation for Invited Speakers during the days of the Conference. The papers to be presented by Invited Speakers should be sent to the Secretariat of the Conference by 30th May 2005.

However, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to provide up to 30 minutes of speaking time to members of the Conference whose expenses will not be covered as Invited Speakers.

Category d: In the framework of the Conference there will be special Sessions for Students and Post-graduate Student of Philosophy (and of other disciplines too, provided that they have philosophical interests) where they will present their papers on the topic of the Conference, or on one of the following topics:

1. The Ethics of Human Relations and Land Ethics (towards an ecological culture; culture and environment)

2. Communication, and the Meeting and Conflict of Cultures

3. Freedom, Democratic Governance and Cosmopolitanism in the 21st century.

The papers of Category d (15 minutes duration) should be submitted in one of the following languages: Greek, English, French and German. Papers written in Greek should be accompanied by proper translation into another language, preferably English. Also, these papers should bear the mark “Paper for Students’ Session.”

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 or Graeca fonts for polytonic Greek texts .

Fuller texts of Papers (15-20 pages) from all categories (a, b, c and d) 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 three printed hard copies of the Paper, to the IAGP.

Abstracts and papers may also be sent by e-mail as attached documents in the above formats. In the e-mail, the language of the presentation must be stated in the Subject line of the e-mail message. However, it is obligatory that hard copy (sent by mail or by fax) be received as well, since many electronic documents are not compatible in some respects due to different formattings used on different computers. Papers should be submitted in three hard copies, double-spaced and with a margin of 1.5 cm.

Only papers of a philosophical nature will be accepted and included in the Program of the Conference. The Organising Committee reserves the right to accept or reject papers that do not comply with the academic standards of the Conference.

All papers presented at the Conference and selected for publication are copyrighted by the Organising Committee and cannot be republished without express permission.

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.

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 one month before the opening of the Conference.

Applications for participation of whatever kind must be received by: 28th February 2005. Applications should be made on PARTICIPATION FORM No. 1 and (for Invited Speakers) PARTICIPATION FORM No. 1A.. PARTICIPATION FORM No. 2 should also be sent no later than: 28th February 2005. 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 the ideas and line of argument that the finished paper will be pursuing.

All participants (except Invited Speakers) should send the full texts of the Papers (three copies) to the Organising committee by 30th June 2005.

All participants will be notified by mail or e-mail regarding the category to which they have been assigned.

Texts in their final form (Diskette and hard copy with the indication: FINAL TEXT FOR PUBLICATION) must be submitted no later than the 30th September 2005.


Apart from other events, during the Conference there will be an EXHIBITION OF BOOKS, and especially books ON PHILOSOPHY. Authors of books, particularly those connected with philosophy, are kindly requested to send copies of their books so these may be included in the exhibition.

There will also be reserved space and special panels for poster sessions. Material planned for poster sessions should be typed on not more than two pages (size:A5). The deadline for applications for poster sessions is 30th June 2005. Applications submitted after this date, but before 15 of July 2005, may be accepted if there is still space available.

Publishers from Europe and all over the world are also invited to organise exhibitions of their publications at the venue of the Conference, after consultation with the President of the Organising Committee.

In the framework of the Conference there will be organised various events, excursions, etc. for which the Participants should complete the relevant froms and send them to the Secretariat.


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, 1A, 2 and 3) and pays the Conference fee. The Conference Fee must be paid by all participants (whether Invited or not). Persons accompanying participants must also complete the forms and pay the Conference fee. The Conference fee( see also PARTICIPATION FORM No. 3) is as follows:

a. Participants: Before 1st May 2005: 100 euros
(after 1st May 2005: 120 euros)

b. Accompanying Persons: before 1st May 2005: 80 euros
(after 1st May 2005: 100 euros)

c. Students:Before 1st May 2005: 60 euros
(after 1st May 2005: 80 euros)

d. Secondary School Students: Before 1st May 2005: 40 euros
(after 1st May 2005: 60 euros)

Conference participants are advised that cancellations cause major logistical, scheduling and economic problems for the organization of a 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. It should be noticed that there will be no refunds of any fees, nor are cancellations accepted.

The Participation Fee for the Conference should be sent either by cheque drawn on the name of the President of the Conference, or directly to the following bank account number:

National Bank of Greece,17th ICOP – K. Boudouris, BANK-BRANCH: 151/617429-92

IBAN ACCOUNT: GR 1001101510000015161742992.

The copy of Remittance that indicates the name or names of the participants should be sent either by mail or by Fax (+30210-9923281) to the Secretariat of the Conference to the following address:


The Conference, among other things, attempts to capture 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 feasting. Conference sessions are scheduled for 8:30 - 13:30 (morning sessions) and 17:00-20:00 (afternoon / evening sessions). This allows participants plenty of free time to enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean, or to enjoy the wonderful Mediterranean atmosphere and hospitality that the Conference location offers on the famous island of Samos.

Further details concerning the organisation of the Conference will be given in the Second Circular, which will be sent to all those expressing a wish to participate in the Conference and who have already sent PARTICIPATION FORM No. 1 or No. 1A.

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

Professor Konstantine Boudouris
President of the Organising Committee
17th International Conference of Philosophy
5 Simonidou Str., 174 56 ALIMOS (ATHENS) - GREECE

TEL. +30210- 99 23 281, +30210 -727.7545, FAX. +30210-7248979, +30210 -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,
FAX. 905-577-0385. Tel. 905-577-8492
E- mail:

g. Professor Jeremiah Reedy
Honorary President of the IAGP
Macalester College
Classics Department
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105-1899

h. Professor Christos Evangeliou
Towson University
Department of Philosophy
Towson, MD 21252

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

i. Professor Hideya Yamakawa
Honorary President of the IAGP
Tezukayama 1-24-7
631-0062 Nara City, Japan.
TEL. 0742-46-6933. FAX. 0742-45-4946

j. Professor Shigeru Yonezawa
Honorary President of the IAGP
2-5-84 Nishishimachi, Mojiku
Kitakyushu City,800-0056 JAPAN
TEL. 093-551-3929. FAX. 093-551-3929.
E-mail: s-yone@kitakyu-u-ac-jp

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

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


Conference Forms (Participation etc):
No. 1, No. 1A, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No.9, No.10, No.11, No.12, No13, No.14.