Plato’s Academy Centre

Philosophy as a Way of Life

A new project in the heart of Athens

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How would you like to attend an event
at the original location of Plato’s Academy?

Every single “academy” in the world bears the name of the first major academic institution in history.  Plato’s school of philosophy was located in a beautiful park near the centre of Athens, which is now a public recreation ground, containing the ruins of several ancient buildings.  There’s a statue of Plato in the local square, beside some cafes and a modern digital museum dedicated to the history of the Academy.  Once Plato’s students walked in this park, or gathered at his house nearby to discuss his philosophy and the dialogues he wrote featuring Socrates.  Today locals go there to walk their dogs, exercise, and let their children play (map).

There’s no longer a centre there where you can go to discuss philosophy.  We’d like to create one, with your help and support.  Through this website, we’re raising funds to open an international conference venue overlooking Plato’s Academy Park.  Eventually, we’d also like to open an annexed Centre for Philosophy as a Way of Life, to help make Plato’s dialogues and the Socratic Method of Questioning more accessible to the general public.  We envisage this as a nonprofit, which will bring business to Greece, helping to renew the Akidimia suburb of Athens.  Greek philosophy isn’t just for historians or academics.  We want to welcome the whole world to Plato’s Academy Park to discuss the wisdom of Plato and Socrates.
You can help us bring Plato’s Academy back to life.  We’re looking for volunteers with relevant skills and knowledge, and a passion for Greek history and culture.  We’re raising funds through a variety of means, including a Kickstarter campaign, to help us achieve staged goals leading toward the creation of the Plato’s Academy Conference Centre and Centre for Philosophy as a Way of Life.  You can also support our ongoing work financially by becoming a Friend of the Plato’s Academy Centre, via our Patreon page.

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Donald Roberston
James O'Neill

Platos Academy. 2021.

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