2024 Pharos Philosophy Days
Vrijeme i Tok u Filozofiji, Kulturi, i Znanosti
“TIME AND FLUX" IN SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE
HEU FUGIUNT FLUXU NON REDEUNTE DIES
"Alas! The days flow by like waves, never to return"
Stari Grad Philosophy Days invites philosophers to share their views on “Time and Flux” from scientific, metaphysical and/or existential perspectives in a brief abstract (~100 words). Deadline for sending abstracts is 29 February 2024.
The Philosophy Symposium in Stari Grad on the island of Hvar is conceived as an open gathering place, where philosophers, philosophy students and fellow travelers in the tradition of the Greek Socratic symposium share their ideas. The single guiding principle of the symposium is to freely reflect and critically engage with differing ideas.
Scholars and students across various fields are welcome to participate in the
2024 symposium, delving into discussions on Time and Flux. This four-day event is designed as an inclusive dialogue, spanning from the history of philosophy to the realms of theoretical physics, aiming to explore potential solutions to the pressing challenges faced by humanity and society today.
Thinking and articulating time and its passage today, after fundamental discoveries in physics (and especially after Einstein and his theory of relativity), is possible from several standpoints. Theoretical reflections on time are as indispensable in the latest research of theoretical physicists as the interpretations of "metaphysical time" by philosophers over the course of history. What is more, for humanity, certainly the most important aspect of time and temporality is "existential time" as a specific and essential form of human existence. Transience and irreversibility, the finality of "human time," is not only a philosophical question but also the most personal question in need of an answer.
“Time and Flux in Science, Philosophy and Culture,” will reflect philosophically on Time and Flux from various angles: the scientific, the metaphysical and "existential time" (as a specific and essential form within human existence), and include ideas about Time and Flux from other disciplines such as biology, geology, chemistry.
Today's UNESCO-protected Stari Grad and the Ager are founded by the Greeks from the Aegean island Páros as its colony of Pharos in 384 BC. Stari Grad, the oldest Croatian town with continued inhabitation since its founding in 384 BC, has ancient Greek roots and is Aristotle's peer. Time and Flux and the Biankini Palace, now museum and host of the 2nd Pharos Philosophy Symposium, are organically intertwined with Stari Grad. Petar Hektorović's compassion for the irreversibility of time is written in stone in his Renaissance Tvrdalj Castle: Heu fugiunt fluxu non redeunte dies, ‘Alas! The days flow by like waves, never to return’.
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