Plato's Academy: a gateway for applied philosophy in sciences

Summer School of Philosophy and Applied Research


The Foundation for Hellenic World (FHW) in collaboration with the University of Athens and the Onassis Cultural Center is launching a project entitled «Plato's Academy: the development of Knowledge and innovative ideas».

The objectives of the project are the following

Within the framework of this project, FHW plans to organize and run a multidisciplinary summer school the overall theme of which will be to consider the impact of Platonic (mainly) philosophy on contemporary issues relevant to science and technology.

The Summer School of Philosophy and Applied Research is addressed to postgraduate students and researchers from all over the world, from mainly scientific and technological backgrounds who are interested in investigating the relationship between applied research and its underlying principles, and the ways in which this research supplies feedback for, and occasionally overturns, these same principles. The number of students who will participate each year will be twenty. They will be selected by a special academic committee following the thorough assessment of the submitted applications.

The Project covers the teaching expenses and the educational materials provided. Additionally, it fully covers the students' meals and accommodation in twin bedrooms, as well as their daily transportation to and from the teaching venues. Lastly, the Project will cover 3 educational outings in and around Athens which are part of the school programme. The students will have to cover the transportation costs from their place of residence to Athens and back.

The Summer School will last 15 days and will run for three consecutive years, starting 2012. The venue will be the facilities of FHW in Athens, specifically the Hellenic Cosmos (www.hellenic-cosmos.gr/). The opening date for the current year is Monday, July 16th and the closing date is Sunday, July 29th.

The program includes 32 hours of lectures, 16 hours of workshops and 3 visits to sites of historical and archaeological interest, where specific activities related to the program will be carried out. The language of instruction will be English and the teachers/ instructors/ lectures will be academics, researchers and specialized scientists whose research focuses on seeking the connection between philosophy, science and technology either from a scientific or a philosophical point of view.

During the summer school the issues which will be examined and presented will be both practical and methodological, drawn from various themes such as the basic principles of Platonic Philosophy, Bioethics, Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Language and Communication, Ethics, Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy in/of Art, Digital Technology and Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of the Mind etc.

Students for 2012 have been already selected.

A new call for the expression of interest by students Summer School 2013 is expected to be published in January 2013.


The summer school is linked to the v-must European network of excellence of virtual museums and cultural heritage.


Η πράξη «ΑΚΑΔΗΜΙΑ ΠΛΑΤΩΝΟΣ - ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΗ ΤΗΣ ΓΝΩΣΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΙΝΟΤΟΜΩΝ ΙΔΕΩΝ» υλοποιείται μέσω του Επιχειρησιακού Προγράμματος
"Εκπαίδευση και Διά Βίου Μάθηση" και συγχρηματοδοτείται από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση (Ευρωπαϊκό Κοινωνικό Ταμείο) και από εθνικούς πόρους (ΕΣΠΑ 2007-2013).