Discovering Ancient Greek Philosophy

- Philosophical Evenings at Lexi-Logos -

by Marcos G. Breuer, PhD

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

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 English. 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 7.30 p.m. until 9.00 p.m. See below the program for this semester. Please call Lexi-Logos to confirm the date and time or visit our website.
  • The contribution is 5 € per meeting.
  • The meetings will be held at Lexi-Logos

3, Plateia Kapnikareas (6th floor)

10563, Athens

Tel. 210 3311602 / 697 6673395


This is the program:

1. The Presocratics (I) (Thursday December 11th 2014): Thales of Miletus and the transition from ‘mythos’ to ‘logos’

2. The Presocratics (II) (Thursday January 15th 2015): Parmenides of Elea and the Eleatics

3. The Presocratics (III) (Thursday February 12th 2015): Heraclitus of Ephesus on the ‘universal flux’

4. The Presocratics (IV) (Thursday March 12th 2015): Pythagoras of Samos on harmony and reincarnation

5. The Presocratics (V) (Thursday April 16th 2015): The Sophists on the relativity of human knowledge

6. The “Golden Age” (I) (date will be announced after Easter): Socrates and the meaning of philosophy

7. The “Golden Age” (II): Plato and the Ideas

8. The “Golden Age” (III): Aristotle on physics and metaphysics

9. Hellenism (I): Epicurus on happiness and pleasure

10. Hellenism (II): The Stoics on ethics and the Logos

11. Hellenism (III): The Cynics: social criticism and the return to a natural way of life

12. Hellenism (IV): The Gnostics between Christianity and Platonism