Philosophers convening in Athens give politics a miss

The man hosting some of the greats of world philosophy in Athens this week distanced himself on Monday from the heckling of Culture Minister Panos Panayiotopoulos, who was booed when he appeared at the opening of the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy at the Herod Atticus Theater on Sunday.

“We strongly condemn the handful of people that have nothing to do with the congress but found themselves at the opening ceremony and engaged in intermittent but unacceptable shouting,” said the president of the Greek Philosophical Society, Constantinos Voudouris. “This behavior has nothing to do with our congress.”

The event is meant to coincide with the 2,400-year anniversary of the founding of Plato’s famous Academy, the world-famous site where the Greek philosopher taught until his death. A discussion about the meaning of Greek philosophy today is due to be held at the site this afternoon.