On immortality

Is there an afterlife? Platonism and Christianity on the immortality of the soul

The question whether we continue to exist after death has worried human beings since the dawn of time. Interestingly, each culture has formulated a different answer. For example, in some civilizations the issue of afterlife became crucial. It was supposed that future life was more important than this life and, consequently, that one should live in such a way as to deserve immortality. On the contrary, in other societies the question of ‘what comes next’ was rather secondary. Present life was considered to be something valuable in its own right – no matter what followed death.

Notice that in all those cases the beliefs were articulated in religious systems. But philosophy’s task

Festival Poesía 2014

El viernes 21 de marzo de 18.30 a 20.00, en Polis Art Café (Pesmazoglou 5, Patio de Stoa Biblíu, Atenas), leeremos poesía iberoamericana para celebrar juntos el Día de la Poesía y la llegada de la primavera.
Músicos, escritores, profesores y periodistas residentes en Atenas compartiremos un trocito de la más entrañable poesía.

Nuestros lectores:

Yoel Soto (Cuba)

Andre Maia (Portugal)

Dimitris Angelís (Grecia)

Eduardo Lucena (España)

Jerónimo Vásquez (Rep. Dominicana)

Nikos Pratsinis (Grecia)

Sapfó Diamantí (Grecia)

Luis Gómez Beck (México)

Jorge Georgakilas (Brasil)

Pedro Romero Puig (España)

Vitor Vicente (Portugal)

Adriana Martínez (Colombia)

Natalia Moreleón (México)

Marcos Breuer (Argentina)

Thales of Miletus

Thales of Miletus and the origin of philosophy

We owe to the Ancient Greeks many things – so many things indeed that we are barely aware of the immense Greek legacy in our culture. Think about our conception of literature, theater and lyrics, our stance on sport competitions, our idea of democracy and of a public sphere, our understanding of history… and last but not least, our philosophy: all these creations have their roots in the Greek culture.