Monday, November 29, 2004

New dictionary of philosophy in Greek

Professor Theodosios Pelegrinis has written a new dictionary of philosophy in Greek (Λεξικό της Φιλοσοφίας, Εκδόσεις Ελληνικά Γράμματα, 2004). The last dictionary of its kind was published around 80 years ago.

Pelegrinis began work on his dictionary in 1999. The finished book is 1512 pages long. It spans 25 centuries of philosophical thought, via 15,000 entries. It is organised in two parts. The first part covers basic ideas, theories, schools and thought trends. The second part focuses on the philosophers themselves.

In an interview with Dimitris Houliarakis of To Vima, Professor Pelegrinis says that he's not satisfied with the way Greeks philosophise. "I don't think Greeks philosophise much about their lives."

He says, "When you philosophise you feel free, and you are truly free."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having studied ancient greek and philosophy at school, I'm happy to read this (and I also feel somehow proud to be able to decypher what's written there, as long as on the covers of the books you posted below :D. Although, the modern pronounciation rules are a bit different. I won't ever understand why you now say the "η" like a "i". Wasn't it more logical to have a long e and a short e sound? Well, maybe this isn't the best place to discuss about these things ^^; ). It was about time a new Philosophy's dictionary was writte in Greek, if it really was so long the last one was published. After all, Greece can be thought the birthplace of the classical Philosophy, if not the birthplace of the actual philosophy anyway. it would be a shame if this very important background was lost for the new generations!

Julia from the Zoe's ring ;)

3:09 pm  
Blogger kathryn said...

Hi Julie,
Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. Interesting point about pronunciation. Can't comment as I'm no ancient Greek scholar. It is interesting to study how languages develop and mutate and the Greek language has certainly been through a wild ride.

4:10 pm  

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