A Stream on “Welcome back, Epictetus!”
as part of the 7th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World
3-6 January 2020, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts

The Humanities & Education Division (HERD) of ATINER is organizing a Stream on “Welcome back, Epictetus!”, 3-6 January 2020, Athens, Greece as part of the 7th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts

Welcome back, Epictetus! “Man, what is special about you? The creature? No. The mortal? No. The use of impressions? No. The ability to acknowledge the nature of things is the special element that you have: adorn and embellish that”.

According to Epictetus, what is the rightly understood human nature? It is the ability to recognize the nature of things and then to behave in every situation in a way consistent with it. And which is the nature of things? The nature of things is their essential bipartition in proairetic things and in aproairetic things. And which is the human faculty specifically dedicated to put in place this diairesis and to recognize the difference between what is proairetic and what is aproairetic? It is the proairesis. Is Epictetus the only philosopher who has been able to define the issue at stake in its exact terms and who has given the correct answer? The characteristic that distinguishes the man from all other creatures is it the ‘reason’, or the human faculty that he calls ‘proairesis’?. Is this solution absolutely valid both for those, philosophers and non-philosophers, who understand it and for those who do not understand or deny it? 

You may participate as presenter of one paper or observer. Fee structure information is available on www.atiner.gr/fees.

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, an Athens educational walking tour, and an one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to: atiner@atiner.gr, using the abstract submission form by 25 November 2019 to: Dr. Franco Scalenghe, Independent Scholar Former member of the Laboratorio Internazionale di Genetica e Biofisica (LIGB) of the CNR (National Research Council), Naples, Italy.

Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission. 

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (president@atiner.gr).

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The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER.  Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

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