Dear Colleagues,
On the occasion of 2400 years since the birth of Aristotle, the International Association of Greek Philosophy, the Greek Philosophical Society, the Philosophical Society of Cyprus and other Societies, Associations and Educational Institutions have decided to organize a World Philosophy Congress on the Philosophy of Aristotle, under the Auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic and with the support of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP).
This Congress will take place in Athens where Aristotle lived most of his life. He studied and taught at Plato’s Academy for nearly 20 years and later he founded the Lyceum where he taught and composed great works, and where the foundations of philosophical and scientific research were brought into being. Recent archaeological surveys and excavations have brought to light the Lyceum and the Congress will hold Special sessions within its perimeter. 
The influence of Aristotelian philosophy through the ages is so broad and so profound that a special conference devoted to his philosophy requires no argument to justify its importance. However, it is necessary, and indeed a duty, of all those engaged in philosophy to measure their contribution in relation to his intellectual accomplishments, in that he surveyed fields of knowledge and moral and political institutions that were undergoing far-ranging transformations during his lifetime – quite similar to the scientific, social and political transformations occurring in our own times. For this reason we must re-examine his works to search for that which is viable and useful in relation to the problems and contexts of our era. 
It is particularly important to emphasize that Aristotle is the founder of the concept of the democratic republic as the free, open political society of equal partners joined in friendship for achieving a just and qualitatively flourishing society.  The problem for us today is to reflect upon the nature and quality of democracy not only in Europe but throughout the world, and to bring to the fore its problems and prospects. In this respect, looking at our political dilemmas through the prism of Aristotle’s intellect can be very useful precisely because his philosophy sought to bring into a unity all knowledge and all the arts for the practical possibility of human flourishing in democratic forms of government. For these reason there will be Special Sessions with selected Speaker dealing with the kind and the quality of democracy and which will take place in the Lyceum itself.


THE STRUCTURE OF THE CONGRESS

The Congress is structured as follows:

Ι. PLENARY SESSIONS

  1. ARISTOTLE’S ETHICS IN THE GLOBAL ERA

  2. ARISTOTLE’S THEORY OF JUSTICE AND ITS RELEVANCE IN OUR GLOBAL ERA

  3. ARISTOTELIAN CONCEPTION JUSTICE AND EUROPEAN POLITICS TODAY

  4. PLATO-ARISTOTLE AND THUCYDIDES: POLITICS AND STATE RELATIONS AS REALITY AND IDEA

II. SYMPOSIA

  1. ARISTOTLE’S CONCEPTION OF PHILOSOPHY

  2. ARISTOTLE’S CONCEPTION OF NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN RELATION TO ECOLOGICAL ISSUES OF OUR ERA

  3. ARISTOTLE, TECHNOLOGY, SCHOLE AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF CULTURE

  4. ARISTOTLE’S CONCEPTION OF MAN AND HIS/HER ERGON

III. SPECIAL SESSIONS

There will be Special Sessions on specific topics. These sessions will take place at the Lyceum of Aristotle, the Pnyx, Plato's Academy and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

IV. 31 THEMATIC SECTIONS FOR CONTRIBUTED PAPERS

31 Thematic sections for contributed papers

01. Aristotle's life and his philosophical pilgrimage (Works and Library)    
02. Aristotle and Alexander the Great
03. Aristotle and the Pre-Socratics
04. Aristotle and Plato
05. Aristotle and his successors (The Aristotelian tradition, Theophrastus, Strato etc.) 
06. Aristotle and his influence and presence on later philosophy (Byzantine, Medieval, Arabic, Modern Greek Philosophy etc.)
07. Aristotle and Modernity        
08. Aristotle's conception of philosophy    
09. Aristotle's ethics        
10. Aristotle's epistemology        
11. Aristotle's logic and the philosophy of logic        
12. Aristotle's metaphysics        
13. Aristotle's methodology        
14. Aristotle's ontology        
15. Aristotle's politics        
16. Aristotle's Poetics and the philosophy of logos and literature    
17. Aristotle's Rhetoric and the philosophy of communication        
18. Aristotle's philosophy of action        
19. Aristotle's philosophy of biology        
20. Aristotle's philosophy of culture and leisure (scholê)        
21. Aristotle’s philosophy of economics        
22. Aristotle's philosophy of education        
23. Aristotle's philosophy of language        
24. Aristotle's philosophy of law     and justice    
25. Aristotle's philosophy of man        
26. Aristotle's philosophy of mind & philosophical psychology    
27. Aristotle's philosophy of nature        
28. Aristotle's philosophy of science        
29. Aristotle's philosophy of the environment        
30. Aristotle's philosophy of art-aesthetics, technê and technology        
31. Aristotle's philosophy and Aristotelian studies all over the World (in Secondary and University Education)

OTHER SESSIONS

Sessions of Philosophical Societies

The Organizing Committee enables Philosophical Societies, Associations and other Organizations to meet and to conduct their work in Athens during the Congress.

Societies that wish to hold meetings during the Congress are kindly requested to register and apply to the Organizing Committee no later than May 1, 2016, at: secretariat@iagp.gr.
Please use the Template Participation Form No 1 and Template Form for Societies Meetings

Sessions Round Table (Round Tables)

Individual participants or Associations Clubs wishing to organize a Round Table in the context of the Congress should be aware that it must include speakers from at least two countries, that there must be a minimum of five (5) participants and who
must be registered for the Congress.
The organizers and the themes of round-tables are subject to the approval of the Organizing Committee.
Please use the Template Participation Form No 1 and the Template Form for Round-Table

Sessions for Students (Student Sessions)

The themes for Student Sessions are the same as that for the Congress, i.e., thirty one (31) thematic sections for contributed papers. The student papers, provided that they are accepted for presentation, will be considered for publication later on. Student presentations are limited to 10-15 minutes (undergraduates and postgraduates: 10 minutes, Ph. D Candidates: 15 minutes)
Please use the Template Participation Form No 1 and the Template Form for Students Session.

Poster Sessions

Presentation of ideas on posters (Poster sessions).
Please use the Template Participation Form No 1 and the Template Form for Poster Session.


KINDS OF PARTICIPATION AND PAPERS

  • CATEGORY A: PAPERS FOR PLENARY SESSIONS AND SYMPOSIA (ONLY)

The category (a) includes the presentations of original academic Papers by Invited Speakers only (duration of 30 minutes).

These Papers will address issues of particular relevance of the subject given for Plenary Sessions and Symposia, evaluate research undertaken in connection with the subject they investigate, and provide an overview and synthesis of various contemporary philosophical approaches related to the topic of their research. Here, it is important to emphasize that Papers in this category should not go astray from the already clearly defined subjects given for Plenary Sessions and Symposia; slight modifications are acceptable only if they are done as a further clarifications of the subjects given.

Participants who wish to be considered for this category should express their interest promptly and state their preferences concerning the topic they wish to deal with, and send all the necessary information (1. detailed Curriculum Vitae and 2. a substantive Abstract of their paper) to the Organizing Committee by 31st of March 2016 or earlier
Persons interested in being considered as Invited Speakers should fill out the Template Participation Form Νo 2, Template for Abstract and Paper N 5 and send them out to the Organizing Committee (secretariat@iagp.gr)

The Organizing Committee will cover the cost of board and accommodation for Invited Speakers during the days of the Congress. In addition, Invited Speakers may attend all Congress activities without paying any fees (this, of course, does not apply to the persons who accompany them).

  • CATEGORY B: The presentation of original academic Papers (20 minutes).

  • CATEGORY C: Short presentation of papers (15 minutes).

  • CATEGORY D: The presentation of papers by graduate and Post-graduate Students (10 minutes) and Ph. D Candidates (15 minutes) (Student Session).


Persons interested in presenting a paper in above categories should fill out the Template Participation Form Νo 1 and the relevant Template Abstract Form or Template Abstract and Paper Form and send the out to the Organizing Committee (Secretariat@iagp.gr): by 31st of May 2016 or earlier.

Procedures for paper submission, presentation and publication

i. An abstract of the paper of 500-600 words is required (More extended Abstracts are required by Invited Speakers). This Abstract will be printed in the Congress program. It allows all participants to know beforehand the subject of the paper. 
ii. The length of the paper to be presented must not exceed the time limit allocated for its reading (or for the presentation time of the paper). For instance, a 20 minute presentation will be approximately 2400 words. The time limit is strictly enforced. Every paper must be read at a moderate normal pace. So, every Congress speaker must have ready a paper of the relevant extension. This paper for presentation must be submitted to the Congress Secretariat by 30 of May 2016 or earlier.
iii. The final version of the paper, submitted for review and publication, including footnotes and bibliography, should approximately be 15 double spaced pages (approximately 5,000-6,000 words). The Final Version of the paper may be submitted also by 30 of May 2016 (or earlier) or during the Congress or afterwards by the end of September 2016.

IMPORTANT DATES

The deadline for the receipt of Abstracts for contributed papers and for proposals for round-tables, workshops and student sessions is:  

31st of May 2016
Abstracts and proposals received after this deadline may be accepted, if there are any slots left.


REGISTRATION, ACCOMMODATION AND BOOK EXHIBITION

Registration:

  • For participants
    • 100.00 € (euros) for early registration prior to April 1st, 2016.
    • 125.00 € (euros) for registration until May 31st, 2016.
    • 150.00 € (euros) for late registration after June 1st, 2016
  • For accompanying person
    • 100,00 € (euros)
  • For students
    • 50.00 € (euros) for early registration prior to April 1st, 2016.
    • 70.00 € (euros) for registration until May 31st, 2016.
    • 90.00 € (euros) for late registration after June 1st, 2016. 
  • Accommodation

For accommodation, excursions, tours, and other tourist arrangements, please contact:

AFEA, SA, Travel & Congress Services - Professional Congress Organizer

( 39-41 Lykavittou Str. 10672 Athens – Greece Tel: +30 210 3668853 - 2 Fax: +302103643511 )

E-mail: congress@afea.gr

  • Excursions and tours information

AFEA may organize excursions and tours for the participants upon request.

For information about excursions and tours, please contact congress@afea.gr

Book Exhibition

  • There will be an Exhibition of Greek and Foreign Books.

 Cultural and Parallel Program

  • The Official Opening Ceremony of the World Congress in Philosophy on the Philosophy of Aristotle, in order to honor Aristotle's 2400 years anniversary since his birth, will be held in the Municipality of ARISTOTELIS at Stagira. The event will take place on July 2nd, 2016.
  • The Official Opening Ceremony of the Congress will take place on July 9th, 2016, at Odeum of Herodes Atticus (The most remarkable theatre in the world, under the Acropolis), welcome Address and Music event (free for all Congress participants).
  • There will be an Art Exhibition of Sculpture and Painting.
  • A Theatrical play on Aristotle will also take place.
  • The Official Closing Ceremony of the World Congress in Philosophy on the Philosophy of Aristotle will take place at the Scholl of Philosophy of the University of Athens. The event that will take place on July 15th, 2016 will be organized in cooperation with the Municipality of ARISTOTELIS.

For submission procedure please download the relevant Forms from the website.