Philosophical Evenings at Raum B

Discovering Ancient Greek Philosophy

by Marcos G. Breuer, PhD

Join us in the fascinating journey through the history of Greek philosophy!


To the programme (German)

About the meetings:

The purpose of these meetings is to offer attendants the possibility to discover or – if you have already studied philosophy at school and college – to re-discover the captivating world of ancient Greek philosophy.

Philosophy has been one of the greatest achievements of Greek civilization. Through its study you will gain a new insight into the Greek language and culture.

We are going to travel through the history of Greek philosophy: from its beginning with Thales of Miletus in the 6th century BC up to the later schools during the Hellenistic period in our era. The meetings will concentrate on three main periods: (I) the beginnings of philosophy, including the Presocratics and the Sophists; (II) the ‘Golden Age’ of philosophy in Athens: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; and (III) Hellenism, including the Stoics, the Epicureans, the Cynics, and the Gnostics.

The talks will be held in German. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required – just the willingness to approach the main personalities of Greek philosophy and their challenging teachings.

To the point:

  • The meetings will give you the chance to refresh and consolidate what you already know about Greek philosophy
  • They will provide you with basic information about the main philosophers and philosophical schools of ancient Greece
  • They will offer you the opportunity to discuss and analyze philosophical topics in an open, friendly, and multicultural atmosphere
  • They will allow you to better understand the roots of Greek language and European civilization

About the lecturer:

Marcos G. Breuer is a Doctor of Philosophy. He studied Philosophy at the University of Cordoba, Argentina, and obtained his master’s degree with a work on Norbert Elias’ philosophy of culture. He did his doctorate at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany; in his dissertation he discussed the sociological assumptions underlying the current debate among ethical theories such as utilitarianism and contractualism. After a three-year, post-doctoral stay in Italy, he moved to Athens in 2009. Breuer has published two books and many articles in different languages on ethics, social theory, and the history of philosophy. He regularly contributes with different media and holds workshops on the history of philosophy. He is currently working on a book about the bioethical debate on euthanasia.

Practical information:

  • The meetings start at 6 p.m. until 7.30 p.m.
  • Every second Tuesday of the month.
  • See below the program for this semester. Please call/write an email to confirm your attendance.
  • The contribution is 10€ per meeting (1:30).
  • The meetings will be held at: Raum B
  • Language: German

The programme of the next semester will be announced in January 2016.