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Ms Rena Dourou: “Investing in education, culture and art, is the best response to the rise of populism, xenophobia and extremism”

ffmg 2“The right to knowledge is founded on Education and Culture, with initiatives such as the ‘Magna Grecia Philosophy Festival’, bringing together Italy and Greece, two birthplaces of universal philosophical thought, an inalienable part of the European identity”, noted inter alia, the Regional Governor of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou at the press conference during the presentation of the Philosophy Festival in Magna Graecia, or Greater Greece (Festival della Filosofia in Magna Grecia, FFMG).

This is the fourth year running that the Region of Attica supports this initiative, which is hosted in our country from 10 to 20 March 2018, in particular in Athens, Corinth, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Messini and Loutraki, and it involves 1.500 Italian students and a series of cultural and pedagogical activities.

The key points by the Regional Governor of Attica can be summarized as follows:

  • We have chosen to support this initiative as we believe that investing in education, culture and art is the best response to the rise of populism, xenophobia and extremism.
  • For, it is precisely this kind of investment that teaches young people the most important lesson about the path to Democracy, Freedom, Equality, Justice, and Solidarity.
  • About the shaping of Ethos in a Democratic State in the 21st century. Indeed, this lesson to be learned, away from utilitarian approaches, highlights the value of Philosophy.
  • The “only free science” embodying the “theoretical knowledge of the first principles and the primary reasoning”, as defined by Aristotle who demonstrated its necessity as an irreplaceable truth-seeking tool. “All people, by their very nature, desire to know” is the first sentence of Aristotle’s work entitled ‘Metaphysics’.

Independent Office of International Affairs

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e-mail: oia@patt.gov.gr

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