2023 REL PRO

8th Annual International Symposium on Religion & Theology
Program (Athens Local Time)

22-25 May 2023
9 Chalkokondili Street, 10677 Athens, Greece

(Note 1: the program is organized along time slots and not according to common theme)
(Note 2: at the end of each session questions and discussions will follow)
(Note 3:
Please note that many attendees including those who present a paper may choose the online option. However, ATINER will provide full-fledged services (lunches, dinners, excursions, etc.) for all those who present onsite.) 

Monday 22 May 2023


Opening and Welcoming Remarks:

  • Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER.
10:00-11:30 Session 1
Session 1a
Moderator: Franklin Johnson
, Professor Emeritus, Concordia University, Chicago, USA.
Session 1b
Moderator: Sonja Weiss
, Assistant Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  1. Atli Harðarson, Professor, University of Iceland, Iceland.
    Title: Spinoza, A God of One’s Own and the Wisdom to Love.
  2. Xavier Pavie, Professor, ESSEC Business School, Paris Nanterre University, France.
    Title: Could Philosophy of Spiritual exercise be the Key to Develop Responsible Innovator?
  3. Steven Burik, Associate Professor, Singapore Management University, Singapore.
    Title: Lao-Zhuang Daoism as Postmodern Philosophy.
  1. Mark Wells, Professor, Montreat College, USA.
    Title: Soren Kierkegaard on the Mediation of Christ.
  2. Man Baker, Professor, Zayed niversity, UAE.
    Title: Contemporary Judicial Ijtihad through the Interpretation of Unclear Legal Terms: A Comparative Study.
  3. Moath Alnaief, Assistant Professor, Zayed University, UAE.
    Title: Closure of Ijtihad Gate in Islamic Fiqh- A Critical Study.


11:30-13:00 Session 2
Session 2a
Moderator: Atli Harðarson
, Professor, University of Iceland, Iceland.
Session 2b
Moderator: Paul Carron
, Associate Professor, Baylor University, USA.
  1. Anthony Cunningham, Professor, St. John’s University, USA.
    Title: Ethics, Strength & Consolation.
  2. Abduljaleel Alwali, Professor, United Arab Emirates University, UAE.
    Title: Implementation of Codes of Ethics in Higher Education Institutions in the United Arab Emirates: Evidence the Code of Ethics of Ministry of Health.
  3. Scott Rubarth, Associate Professor, Rollins College, USA.
    Title: The Role of Teleology in Stoic Ethics.
  1. Alexandru Manafu, Associate Professor, York University, Canada.
    Title: Transformations following Near-Death Experiences: An Epistemological and Ethical Inquiry.
  2. Sonja Weiss, Assistant Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
    Title: “The Way Up and the Way Down” in Plotinus’ Metaphysics of Love.


13:00-14:30 Session 3
Session 3a
Moderator: Mark Fagiano
, Assistant Professor, Washington State University, USA.
Session 3b
Moderator: Zane Ozola
, PhD Student, University of Latvia, Latvia.
  1. Michael Berman, Associate Professor, Brock University, Canada.
    Title: An Ordinal Apologia: A Defense of Ryder.
  2. Lior Levy, Senior Lecturer, University of Haifa, Israel.
    Title: Masks and Persons: Reading Fanon on Race, Technology and Political Dignity.
  3. Jinmei Yuan, Professor, Creighton University, USA.
    Title: Thinking through Sets: Exploring How Chinese Pictographic Language Shapes Chinese Logic.
  1. Andrew Ward, Fellow, University of York, UK.
    Title: Kant and Hume on Freedom and Moral Responsibility.
  2. Sandra Kroeker, Teacher, Brock University, Canada.
    Title: Go(o)d is Number: Plotting the Divided Line & the Problem of the Irrational.

14:30-15:30 Discussion + Lunch

15:30-17:30 Session 4
Session 4a
Mr Konstantinos Manolidis (ATINER Administrator).
Session 4b
Moderator: Ms Olga Gkounta
, Researcher, ATINER.
  1. Francesco Allegri, Adjunct Professor, University of Siena, Italy.
    Title: A Plurality of “Heads of Virtue”: Richard Price’s Normative Ethics.
  2. António dos Santos Queirós, Professor, Lisbon University, Portugal.
    Title: Revisiting he Universal Declaration of Human Rights _ UDHR: From the Fallacies to a New Generation of Rights.
  3. James Downey, Associate Professor, Hollins University, USA.
    Title: Privacy: Dualism and Private Language.
  4. John Murungi, Professor, Towson University, USA.
    Title: On the Origin of Philosophy and its History.
  5. Chin-Tai Kim, Professor, Case Western Reserve University, USA.
    Title: A Critique of Plato’s Philosophical Synthesis in his Middle Period.
  1. Tonci Kokic, Full Professor, University of Split, Croatia.
    Title: Similarity of Dualism in Ancient Greek and India: Plato and Jain.
  2. Ettore Barbagallo, Research Fellow, University of Kaiserslautern-Landau, Germany.
    Title: Is Consciousness An Illusion? A Phenomenological Take on the Problem of Consciousness.
  3. Mahesh Ananth, Associate Professor, Indiana University, USA.
    Title: Empedocles and Plato on Light: Aristotle’s Rapid Fire Rejoinder.
  4. Verena Gottschling, Professor, York University, Canada.
    Title: How to Plan Urban Environments.

Athenian Early Evening Symposium (includes in order of appearance: continuous academic discussions, dinner, wine/water, music and dance)

Tuesday 23 May 2023

09:30-11:30 Session 5
Moderator: Mr Konstantinos Manolidis
(ATINER Administrator).
Old and New-An Educational Urban Walk
  1. Ke Zhao, Lecturer, Shanghai University, China.
    Title: What Does Leo Strauss’s “Be Alert to the Art of Writing” Mean? A Study Based on Strauss’s Study of Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise.
  2. Eric Litwack, Research Fellow, University of Sheffield & Syracuse University London, UK.
    Title: Chatbots, Robots, and the Ethics of Automating Psychotherapy.
  3. Dorota Tymura, Assistant Professor, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland.
    Title: Cynic Parresia in the Activity of Antisthenes of Athens.
  4. Elisa Ravasio, Independent Researcher, Italy.
    Title: Mosse and Arendt: Two Perspectives on Totaliarianism and Democracy.
The urban walk ticket is not included as part of your registration fee. It includes transportation costs and the cost to enter the Parthenon and the other monuments on the Acropolis Hill. The urban walk tour includes the broader area of Athens. Among other sites, it includes: Zappion, Syntagma Square, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Roman Agora and on Acropolis Hill: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and the Parthenon. The program of the tour may be adjusted, if there is a need beyond our control. This is a private event organized by ATINER exclusively for the conference participants.


11:30-13:00 Session 6
Session 6a
Moderator: Jinmei Yuan
, Professor, Creighton University, USA.
Session 6b
Moderator: Mark Wells
, Professor, Montreat College, USA.
  1. Michael Coyle, Professor, California State University, Chico, USA.
    Title: Justice Ethics: From Retributive to Restorative to Transformative.
  2. Tennyson Samraj, Professor, Burman University, Canada.
    Title: Jurisprudence: Study of the Rule of Law in a Republic.
  3. Claudia Simone Dorchain, Researcher, Institute of Economy and Psychology, Germany.
    Title: The Magical-Sophistic Delusion: Third-Wave-Feminism and Its Philosophical Roots.
  1. Daniel Galily, Assistant Professor, South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Bulgaria
    Tatyana Vasileva Petkova, Assistant Professor, South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Bulgaria.
    Title: Philosophy of Law or Philosophy of Reason – The idea of a Treaty establishing a Constitution for the European Union.
  2. Matt Matherne, PhD Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin, USA.
    Title: Do the Wise Always Succeed? A Split-Level Reading of Euthydemus 278-282.
  3. Saladdin Ahmed, Visiting Professor, Union College, Schenectady, USA.
    Title: Spatiocide, Urbicide, and Nationalism.


13:00-15:00 Session 7
Session 7a
Moderator: Tennyson Samraj
, Professor, Burman University, Canada.
Session 7b
Moderator: Daniel Galily
, Assistant Professor, South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Bulgaria.
  1. Denis Fisette, Professor, University of Quebec, Canada.
    Title: Aristotle’s Catharsis and the Origins of Psychoanalysis.
  2. Rick Jarow, Professor, Vassar College, USA.
    Title: Smrti: On Memory and Desire.
  3. Stephen Neale, Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center, USA.
    Title: Meaning & Focal Meaning.
  4. Zane Ozola, PhD Student, University of Latvia, Latvia.
    Title: Broken Mirror.
  1. Paul Carron, Associate Professor, Baylor University, USA.
    Title: Animals as Marginal Moral Agents.
  2. Justin Stone, Professor, Valencia College, USA.
    Title: A Need for a Transcendental Power.
  3. Mark Fagiano, Assistant Professor, Washington State University, USA.
    Title: Pragmatic Conceptions of Democracy as a Way of Life.


15:00-16:00 Discussion + Lunch

Ancient Athenian Dinner (includes in order of appearance: continuous academic discussions, dinner with recipes from ancient Athens, wine/water)

Wednesday 24 May 2023
An Educational Visit to Selected Islands
Mycenae Visit

Thursday 25 May 2023
Visiting the Oracle of Delphi

Friday 26 May 2023
Visiting the Ancient Corinth and Cape Sounio

Conference Venue: 9 Chalkokondili Street, 10677 Athens, Greece

+30 2103634210
+30 2103634209

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