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Travelling Beyond: Egypt Explorations with New Acropolis India

Author: Sukesh Motwani

May 1, 2024

Part 1 – Upper Egypt. New Acropolis India’s ‘Travelling Beyond’ initiative curated its inaugural exploration, a 10-day journey to Egypt in January 2024. Led by a senior instructor on Egyptian Symbolism and a very good local Egyptologist guide, the trip immersed its 32 participants in the culture, history, mythology, and philosophy of ancient Egypt. While [...]

Philosophy in Action: Victory of Light over Darkness

Author: Manjula Nanavati

January 23, 2024

This article consist of extracts from an event hosted to celebrate World Philosophy Day at the Main Centre of New Acropolis  in Mumbai India. As part of the ongoing celebrations that New Acropolis spearheaded in over 400 centres across 50 countries, in Mumbai, New acropolis India (North) hosted a panel discussion around the theme of [...]

What Can We Do To Decrease Polarization?

Author: Sabine Leitner

January 21, 2024

The recent atrocities in the Middle East and the subsequent actions, reactions, comments, discussions, and demonstrations around the world have highlighted again how quickly we can become polarized in our opinions today. It is like a chain reaction: the moment one person starts to take sides for who is more deserving of sympathy and support, [...]

Humanizing Medicine: In Conversation with Dr. Farokh Udwadia

Author: The Acropolitan magazine editorial team

November 1, 2023

In March 2022, New Acropolis Culture Circle hosted renowned physician, author and Padma Bhushan awardee Dr. Farokh Udwadia at our Mumbai center. Dr. Udwadia has contributed to many National and International publications, and written several books, one of which is TABIYAT: Medicine and Healing in India. He has spoken out strongly about how humanizing medicine [...]

Metaphysical Goods

Author: Sabine Leitner

September 8, 2023

It is easy to understand theoretically how the sound of a violin is produced. But it is very difficult to turn this intellectual understanding into the actual ability to play the violin well. Similarly, as humanity, we have already grasped many profound concepts a long time ago, but in some cases it has taken us [...]

Growing Nihilism Among Young People

Author: Istvan Orban

September 8, 2023

Nihilism is the viewpont or belief that things and life in general are meaningless. It comes from the Latin word nihil, which means ‘nothing’. Nihilism does not accept those moral and knowledge-based values that are owned by societies. Nihilism became known in the 18th century in Europe, when German writers and philosphers discussed the negation [...]

Humanity’s Relationship with Trees: A History of Climate Change

Author: Florimond Krins

September 8, 2023

The notion of climate change is not as recent as it may seem. We can find its roots way back in the 15th century, a time of European explorers and ocean travels, opening new routes of communications with the Far East as well as discovering the so-called “New World”: the American continent. This continent, even [...]

Capitalism and Socialism in Plato’s Republic

Author: Gilad Sommer

June 24, 2023

Capitalism and Socialism are commonly portrayed as two contrasting approaches to the distribution of resources within a society. In very simple terms, Capitalism advocates for the freedom of economic activity and individual ownership of property, while Socialism promotes regulated economic activity, and communal ownership of property. Based on these basic definitions, one can understand why [...]

The Challenge of Coexisting with AI

Author: Juan Carlos del Rio

May 13, 2023

AI is not a new phenomenon. Humankind, since its beginnings, has tried to create machines and automata, either to place them at our service or to extend our human capabilities. Many of these stories reflect the admiration for these creations and, at the same time, the fear of losing control over these advanced technologies. We [...]

Adam Smith v. Plato: on the Division of Labour and Market Forces

Author: Julian Scott

May 11, 2023

In Book II of Plato’s Republic, Socrates imagines how a typical society might develop from simple beginnings into a more complex and organized entity. He speculates that, initially, everyone might do everything for themselves, such as building their own houses, making their own clothes and growing their own food. But soon, he says, people would [...]

Risk and Technology: The Cost of Progress

Author: Florimond Krins

May 11, 2023

The introduction of new technologies has always brought many debates and controversies until they were finally accepted and became an integral part of societies. It is natural to oppose some kind of resistance when habits and lifestyles are suddenly changed by new ways, especially when it is hard to predict if their outcome will be [...]

Time and Identity in Virginia Woolf’s Work

Author: Ana Luisa Lellis

May 11, 2023

One could say that most Western writers from the beginning of the 20th century have pondered upon questions of time and identity. Many authors, arguably inspired by technological developments and by the social impacts of the First World War, began to consider how the changes of the turn of the century mirrored onto individuals and [...]