The purpose of the colloquium is to discuss issues preoccupying man throughout the centuries regarding the relationship between body and spirit and the expression of this complicated issue in history, philosophy, art and science.
The colloquium intends to focus on historical and modern concepts from a diachronic perspective covering ancient Greek thought, medieval developments and modern notions, where logic emerged as the predominant tool for the progress of science. The 20th century is of particular interest, as consumerism focuses on the body and the spirit cut off from their spiritual dimension (either in the ancient Greek sense propounded in its philosophy or even in the sense of the medieval potential sanctification of matter).
Today, consumer society is faced with the international economic crisis; it is possible that we shall witness a new transition which will bring new approaches to concepts associated with matter and spirit.
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This one day workshop is part of the Athens Dialogues project, organized by the Onassis Foundation in collaboration with eight world class academic institutions (the Institut de France, the Accademia dei Lincei, the University of Oxford, Stanford University, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the German Archaeological Institute, the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard and the Academy of Athens) and held at the Onassis Cultural Centre in November 2010, with the participation of prominent scientists from all over the world. The beginning of this scientific and cultural project was highly received on an international level while more than 50,000 people watched the conference live through the internet.
The Athens Dialogues is an ongoing project, which is also continued through the electronic scientific journal entitled the Athens Dialogues e-journal. The e-journal is edited by the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University while Professor Gregory Nagy is the editor in chief. This pioneering electronic platform, which was designed especially for the Athens Dialogues, publishes the essays and the presentations of the speakers as well as the open dialogue between the audience and the scientists, through an application that signals a new era for electronic media. The texts are enriched with various links and can be used in multiple ways.
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