1,500 students from Italy, Greece at philosophy fest

Dialogue with Galimberti

19 March, 09:30

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, MARCH 19 -The 2019 edition of the Festival of philosophy in Magna Graecia will follow an itinerary along the footsteps of Greek philosophers in some of the most important locations for western philosophy: Athens, Delphi, Epidaurus, Corinth, Messene and Loutraki. And over 1,500 high school students from all over Italy and two schools in Greece, the Italian school in Athens and a Dutch school, will be visiting the sights.

    They will be accompanied by philosopher Umberto Galimberti, who will give a lecture on March 20 on 'Greek erudition', at the Italian cultural institute in Athens, organized in cooperation with the Italian embassy as part of the 'Tempo Forte Italia Ellada 2019'.

    ''We must take from the past those values to look at the future with pride, especially now that we need that athical vision in Europe that appears to be affected by a crisis'', said the mayor of Siracusa, Francesco Italia, who has been hosting the festival in Sicily for years helped launch the initiative at the Italian cultural institute in Athens.

    ''The festival of philosophy transmits these important values and has so far hosted 35,000 youths who will spread ethics and democracy''.

    The event, said the Italian ambassador to Greece, Luigi Efisio Marras, ''links Italy and Greece with many Italian, Greek and also Dutch students who are welcomed here'', highlighting the importance of Galimberti's contribution.

    The event includes philosophical debates, tours on philosophy and theater, Agorà, debates, laboratories on practical philosophy as part of the only philosophy festival dedicated to teens. Philia, said the president of the festival, Giuseppina Russo, is ''the only possible path to find once again a Mediterranean that is not only tears and blood but a new harmonious Koinè.

    This is the most authentic political meaning of philosophy'', added Russo, who created the initiative organized with scientific coordinator Salvatore Ferrara, the head of didactics Annalisa Di Nuzzo, and the promoter and organizer of the event in Greece, Valentino Berton. (ANSAmed).

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