CULTURE

Paris-based Greek philosopher celebrates birthday and book

Kostas Axelos, the Paris-based Greek philosopher, comes to Athens this week to celebrate his 80th birthday and the release of the Greek edition of his latest book, «Ce questionnement» (published in France by Editions de Minuit and in Greek by Hestia Publishers, translated by Katerina Daskalaki). At the French Institute this Thursday, a round-table discussion focusing on «Greek Francophone Philosophy Today,» will take place from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participating in the discussion are professors Stelios Virvidakis, Giorgos Faraklas and Pavlos Kontos. The discussion will be held in Greek. Later on, at 8.30 p.m., Axelos will talk on the subject of «The Enigma of the Answer.» Axelos was born in Athens in 1924. While attending high school, he followed courses at the French Institute and the German School. An active member of the resistance movement during the German and Italian occupations, he became a communist theoretician, journalist and organizer during the Greek civil war. In 1945, he settled in Paris, where he studied (and subsequently taught) philosophy at the Sorbonne. Editor in chief of the periodical Arguments (1956-1962), his Greek, French and German works have been translated into 16 languages. At the French Institute in Athens, 31 Sina, tel 210.339.8600.