The National Documentation Centre (EKT) has begun a new partnership with the Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory, Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens to publish Conatus, a scientific journal which promotes research in all branches of philosophy with the aim of upgrading academic activity. The publication features articles in Greek or English, translated philosophical essays, book reviews and interviews covering all philosophical areas. The journal will be published online as part of EKT's eJournals platform, ePublishing.
Currently hosting 26 prestigious publications, EKT's eJournals offers a single search platform and open access to quality content. Today, many prominent bodies, now including the Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, take advantage of this online publishing service for their transition to a modern form of scientific publishing which covers all stages of the procedure.
Established in 2015, 'Conatus' was an initiative of a group of undergraduates and two members of the Faculty of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University, Athens. So far, there have been two issues of the journal. The first volume appeared in February 2016 and featured a total of eight scientific pieces ( a translated article, four scientific articles, a book review and an interview ). The second volume was published in November 2016 and contained the following pieces:
- Michel Foucault's 6th January 1982 lecture ('Interpretation of the subject'. Lectures at the College of France 1981-1982) translated by Thano Kiosoglou.
- Two book reviews: Psycho-policy: Neo-liberalism and new power techniques, by Andrea Vatsina. Suicide: Solution to the absurd, by Myron Zaxaraki.
- Three scientific articles: Digital Avatar. A meta-phenomenological approach to immersion, by Yiannis Kalligeri and Panayiotis Chrisopoulos. Aspects of Platonic love in the Symposium and Phaedra by Foti Stamou. Law and policy - Alain Renaut by Nikolao Dola.
An interview given by Alain Renaut to Katerina Karounia can also be found in the second volume. Alain Renaut, Emitirus Professor Political Philosophy and ethics, Paris-Sorbonne University and Director of the International Centre for Applied Political Philosphy (CIPPA), talked about his current interests and the publication of his monograph, 'The unjustifiable and the extreme – Manifesto for an Applied Philosophy'.
Renaut's view that political philosophy has an effective role to play in human reality when applied to issues that require practical solutions is evident. He frequently refers to extreme natural phenomena such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and its large number of victims. In addition, he stresses the issue of refugees and migration. In this context, extreme weather changes and the risks which these new data pose to globalisation conditions must be considered.
'Conatus' is published at least once a year by the Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory. Anyone interested can submit an article online. Submissions must be at least three months prior to publication and will be subjected to a double-blind peer review by the editorial and scientific committees.
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