Events at the greek language center in Athens

Since 2005, in the Greek language center Lexi-Logos, several times during the course of the year are organized courses, debates, presentations, books, art exhibitions and other events.

 

Athens Philosophy Café in English

Our Philosophy Café is a monthly meeting to discuss some of the most challenging questions of philosophy at Lexi-Logos, a charming Language & Culture Center in Plaka, downtown Athens.

The aim of the Philosophy Café is to introduce different philosophical topics – mainly, but not only, from the Ancient Greek Philosophy – and to discuss them together with the participants in a free exchange of ideas.
The meetings start with a presentation by a professional philosopher about the month’s subject and are followed by an analysis and discussion with the participants.
Our Philosophy Café is open to everyone interested in philosophy.
The meetings are held in English. Residents from all over the world in Athens, visitors, and also Greeks are welcome!
The meetings start at 8.00 pm until 9.00 pm.

Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014 (8-9 pm):

Epicurus and the way to a good life

Although Epicurus led a simple and quiet life, his ideas were revolutionary and Epicureanism became one of the most important schools in the ancient world. One of his tenets was that “pleasure is the highest good.” A happy existence lies in a pleasurable life. Living in a hedonistic culture, this may sound trivial to us; but at the time Epicurus was living, it was a quite challenging statement. Happiness was not the outcome of an ethical life or the exercise of virtue, as Plato and Aristotle had taught; and a happy life was not a pious one, as it was assumed by religious authors. Pleasure and happiness go hand in hand.

So far so good, we may say, but what is pleasure? Moreover, isn't it better to search a life free from pain and suffering instead of looking for pleasurable moments? And what if the consequence of searching for pleasures is pain at the end? For example, if you enjoy a meal and eat too much, you will end up having an indigestion; isn't moderation then the best choice? On the other hand, are all sorts of pleasure similar? Can't we speak instead of “better” and “worse” pleasures, according for example to their duration, intensity or other properties? But, to tell the truth, is it not preferable the peace of mind that arises from the lack of cravings, in other words, is not desiring itself the main source of suffering?

In our next meeting we will address these topics discussing the ethical and anthropological theory of Epicurus. Unfortunately, much of his work was lost – or destroyed by supposedly pious hands. Nevertheless, some remaining fragments and the writings of his disciples can offer us an insight into his philosophical system. We will see that according to Epicurus the key is not indulging oneself in whatever appetite we happen to have, but in the wise “management” of pleasures. If pleasure is the highest good, a pleasurable existence supposes wisdom and the acquisition of some key virtues.

About the speaker

Marcos 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 PhD at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany; in his dissertation he discussed the sociological assumptions underlying the current debate between utilitarianism and contractualism. After a three-year stay in Rome, he moved to Athens in 2009 where he works as a freelance author. He has published two books and many articles in different languages on ethics, philosophy, and literary criticism. He is currently working on a book about the ethical debate on euthanasia. Marcos Breuer regularly organizes private workshops on philosophy and Spanish language & culture, and works as a consultant in the field of cultural event management.

Πρώτη ομαδική έκθεση φωτογραφίας των Σοφία Χατζηλάμπρου και Πάρη Κυριακίδη με συμμετοχή του Ηλία Κυριακίδη, με κεντρικό θέμα την παιδική ηλικία. Μια μικρή αναδρομή σε παιδικά πορτραίτα από την Κένυα και την Ευρώπη και ένα δεύτερο μέρος με θέμα τις παιδικές αναμνήσεις ατόμων της τρίτης ηλικίας σε μια συλλογή πορτραίτων και βίντεο με αρχεία πάνω στο θέμα.

Η τέχνη και η δράση πηγαίνουν χέρι-χέρι. Η διακόσμηση στο χώρο της έκθεσης θα είναι απλωμένη "μπουγάδα" παιδικών ρούχων. Παρακαλούμε φέρτε μαζί σας παιδικά ρούχα να συμπληρώσουμε την διακόσμηση με σκοπό να διατεθούν σε οργανισμούς αλληλεγγύης και να μοιραστούν σε οικογένειες που τα έχουν ανάγκη. Ο χειμώνας θα είναι βαρύς...

Ημερομηνίες : 13/12/2013-5/01/2014
Κλειστά στις 24-25-31/12/2013 και 01/01/2014

Ωράριο : 10:00-12:00 / 17:30-20:00

Εγκαίνια : Παρασκευή 13 Δεκεμβρίου απο τις 20:00.
Με την παρουσία των των καλλιτεχνών .

Βραδιά κλεισίματος με την παρουσία των καλλιτεχνών την Παρασκευή 3 Ιανουαρίου 2014 απο τις 20:00.



Première exposition de Sofia Chatzilamprou et Pâris Kyriakidis avec la participation de Ilias Kyriakidis, sur le thème de l'enfance. Un petit retour en enfance avec des portraits au Kenya et en Europe.
Une deuxième partie sur les souvenirs d'enfance des personnes âgées ainsi qu'une collection de portraits.
Des fichiers vidéo sur le sujet.

L'art et l'action vont de pair. Pour le décor de l'exposition seront répartis des vêtements d'enfants.
Vous pouvez apporter des vêtements d'enfants pour compléter la décoration.
Ceux-ci seront placés dans des organisations de solidarité et de partage pour des familles dans le besoin. L'hiver sera rude ...

Dates : 13/12/2013-5/01/2014
Fermé les 24-25-31/12/2013 et 01/01/2014

Horaires : 10:00-12:00 / 17:30-20:00

Vernissage le Vendredi 13 Décembre à partir de 20:00 avec la présence des artistes.

Soirée de clôture avec la présence des artistes le Vendredi 3 Janvier 2014 à partir de 20:00

Athens Philosophy Café in English

Our Philosophy Café is a monthly meeting to discuss some of the most challenging questions of philosophy at Lexi-Logos, a charming Language & Culture Center in Plaka, downtown Athens.

The aim of the Philosophy Café is to introduce different philosophical topics – mainly, but not only, from the Ancient Greek Philosophy – and to discuss them together with the participants in a free exchange of ideas.
The meetings start with a presentation by a professional philosopher about the month’s subject and are followed by an analysis and discussion with the participants.
Our Philosophy Café is open to everyone interested in philosophy.
The meetings are held in English. Residents from all over the world in Athens, visitors, and also Greeks are welcome!
The meetings start at 8.00 pm until 9.00 pm.

Wednesday Dec. 11 2013 (8-9 pm): “Philosophy with Children”

Is philosophy suitable for children or is it only for grown-ups, as tradition suggests?

Can children develop critical thinking skills with a simple bedtime story?

An open discussion for parents and teachers.

Bring your inner child!

About the speaker

Alaskan raised, Cornish-Jewish, Athens-based author and illustrator Tamar Levi has spent her life triangulated between desk, bookshelf and easel.

Beginning by writing and illustrating whilst studying in London and Cambridge, Tamar also consulted for a leading multinational company. She's now come full circle, back to where she belongs, writing and illustrating again. She has particularly enjoyed working on award winning books that bring philosophy to the primary school classroom.

Tamar currently researches a PhD in English and Creative Writing while living with her Greek partner and their cross-eyed cat.