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The Athens Dialogues - An International Conference on Culture and Civilization

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Body and Spirit: the dynamics of an antithesis

Friday 15th November 2013 | Onassis Cultural Center, Athens

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 & 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. 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.

Entrance is free and on a strictly first come, first served basis. The distribution of entrance tickets begins one (1) hour before each event.
Simultaneous translation is provided in the case of speakers using a language other than Greek.