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Academic year 2012-13

175th anniversary

of the School of Philosophy

25th anniversary

of the Campus building

 

 

 The Dean and the Dean's Office

welcome you to the website

of the School of Philosophy

 

The School of Philosophy,

one of the four founding schools of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 1837,

is dedicated to the service of the Arts and Humanities.

The School's research, teaching and open events,

ranging from Philosophy, Literature and Linguistics to History, Archaeology, History of Art and Folklore,

from Psychology and Education to Theatre and Music

aim to cultivate and disseminate

the study of human thought and artistic expression through the ages.

 

The School of Philosophy places particular emphasis on the values developed in this context: 

human rights, freedom and equality,

tolerance and respect for different cultures, religions, ideas, choices, animal rights, respect for the environment


 

A gift from the Dean for the 25th/175th anniversary!

Mnemosyne was chosen as the emblem of the School of Philosophy thanks to its apt symbolism. Beyond the obvious affinity of memory (Greek mnemosyne or mneme) with the past-oriented field of Classical Studies, the mythological fact that she was the mother of the Muses, symbols and protectors of all the objects of study of the School, makes her ideal as its emblem as well as raising interesting philosophical and psychological questions on the relation between memory, the arts and science.

Given the long-standing uncertainty about the identity of the female form which has adorned all the official symbols of the School since its foundation in 1837, we are truly grateful to the professor of Classical Archaeology Panos Valavanis for not only affirming the hypothesis that it was Mnemosyne, but also locating its original: Table 27, a depiction of a now lost Roman statue, in the book by Giambattista Antoniο Visconti, Il Museo Pio Clementino illusttrato e descritto da Giambattista, Roma 1818. 

 

The School of Philosophy participates in Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus, which are now fusing into Erasmus+ along with other exchange programmes of the European Commission.