The XXIII World Congress of Philosophy opened in Athens, Greece on August 4, and will continue its meetings through August 10. Chaired by the President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies William McBride, the highbrow get-together takes place every five years, the Euro News website reports today (August 5, 2013).
The theme this time is "Philosophy as Inquiry and a Way of Life" with scholars including a discussion on the state of Europe.
"Modern European society at its best is trying to be a rational society and an inclusive society, that respects the differences of others. A strong Europe will require rethinking of what is the meaning of our European identity," noted Professor Dermot Moran.
"We must not close ourselves to the rest of the world, not consider Europe or our countries as a fortress. Not thinking, that, if we close ourselves to the world, we will be better off. If we close ourselves to the world, we will be nothing," said Professor Luca Scarantino.