Philosophy in Assos: Karl Marx on the 200th Anniversary of its birth (Assos, July 2-5, 2018)

We are pleased to announce that the meeting Philosophy in Assos on the topic Karl Marx and the 200th Anniversary of its birth will be held in Assos on July 2-5, 2018.


Philosophy is a creative world of thought, intuition and feeling open to all kinds of questions which the human mind is capable of raising. We believe that philosophy is not a profession but a matter of passion. Unfortunately at present, a concern for an academic career in philosophy has to a great extent replaced the passion for philosophy. The problem is not the “academia” but the career. Most of us do have academic titles and we use them, but we also believe that titles should not be an ends but only a means if at all; we believe that what is written, said or thought in philosophy is more important then titles and positions. Our aim is simply to protect the basic and essential spirit of philosophy and philosophical creativity. We on the one hand avoid a populist and distorted understanding of philosophy which assumes that a philosophical mind is easly attainable by anyone, on the other hand refuse that philosophy is merely an object of an academic career and/or merely an object of expertise.

Furthermore, Philosophy in Assos (Assos Academy of Philosophy), (an activity organized by the Association of Philosophy, Art and Science ( based in İstanbul), is the first movement, which brought philosophy back to Assos after thousands of years when Aristotle taught philosophy here. The aim of Philosophy in Assos (Assos Academy of Philosophy), a non-profit organization, is to gather philosophers and lovers of philosophy in Assos (Assos Academy of Philosophy) in order to create an interactive, a casual and informal atmosphere for talks, discussions and dialogues on philosophical problems. We would like to philosophize in a natural atmosphere as was the case in Ancient Greece; distanced from the cruelties of urban life, in harmony with the Aegean nature and culture. Assos, an unspoiled spot on the Aegean coast of Turkey, situated across from the Greek island of Lesbos and south of the ancient ruins of Troy, is an ideal place for achieving this aim; and of course the most interesting aspect of Assos for philosophers is that Aristotle spent several years of his life here. He taught philosophy, practised some of his research in Assos and married the niece of the ruler of the city. In addition, Assos is also the home town of Cleanthes, one of the leading figures of the Stoic movement in Ancient Greek thought.

As a matter of fact, Western Anatolia is one of the most significant places in the history of philosophy. Thales, Anaximenes and Anaximander, who are considered the first known philosophers of “western philosophy” were from Miletus. So was Leucippus, known as the leading figure of the atomist philosophy. Anaxagoras, who according to some scholars introduced philosophy to the Athenians, was from Clazomenae. Heraclitus, a leading figure in the history of philosophy was from Ephesus.

Our hope is that philosophy’s rich past in these lands will not remain just a page in history.

Why not?




July 2, Monday

19:00 Temple of Athena: Welcome, blue sea, wine and sun set.

21:30 Dinner at the harbour (Nazlıhan Otel Restaurant)

July 3, Tuesday

12:30 Andrew Chitty (University of Sussex): “Hegel’s and Marx’s Intentions: Self-clarification, Justification and Disjustification”

14:00 Türker Armaner (Galatasaray University): “Marx on Consciousness and Self-Consciousness”

15:30 Jan Kandiyali (Istanbul Technical University): “Marx, Communism and Basic Income”

17:00 Tony Smith (Iowa State University): “Karl Marx on Technology in Capitalism”

18:30 Doğan Göçmen (Dokuz Eylül University): “What is Philosophical in Marx’s Capital?”

20:00 Dinner at the Symposium Area (Assos Terrace Hotel Restaurant)

July 4, Wednesday

13:30 Richard Miller (Cornell University): “Rejecting and Using Marx: Capitalism, Power and Reform”

15:00 William H. Shaw (San Jose State University): “Karl Marx on History, Capitalism, and…Business Ethics?”

16:30 Larry Udell (West Chester State University): “Capital in the 21st Century: What are the Questions?”

18:00 Karsten J. Struhl (City University of New York): “Buddhism and Marxism: Points of Intersection”

22:30 Classical music at the Ancient Theater: Anne Monika Sommer-Bloch

July 5, Thursday

14:30 Visit to Troy

21:00 Farewell dinner (Assos Terrace Otel Restaurant)

PS: All talks and discussions are in English; no Turkish translation. All meetings take place at the Assos Terrace Hotel (Telephone: 90-286-7640285). Each session is 1 hour and there will be a 30 minute break in between each session.

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