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Dr. Stam­a­toula Pana­gakou of the Univer­sity of Cyprus or­gan­ised a panel on “Po­lit­i­cal Phi­los­o­phy and the Con­cept of Cri­sis” dur­ing the 1st An­nual Con­fer­ence of the Cyprus As­so­ci­a­tion of Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence which took place at the Univer­sity of Cyprus last week.

The speak­ers ex­plored is­sues of pol­i­tics, so­ci­ety, ethics, meta­physics and state the­ory, while ad­dress­ing such themes as the role of the state, the moral di­men­sion of good gov­ern­ment, and Ni­et­zsche’s anal­y­sis of western val­ues.

The speak­ers in­cluded Dr. An­tis Loizides (UCy), Dr. Stam­a­toula Pana­gakou (UCy) and Adam Swin­bank (Univer­sity of Keele). The dis­cus­sant was Pro­fes­sor Costas M. Con­stanti­nou, Pres­i­dent of the Cyprus As­so­ci­a­tion of Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence and Head of the Depart­ment of So­cial and Po­lit­i­cal Sciences of the Univer­sity of Cyprus. The panel was chaired by Dr. Em­manuel Alex­akis (Univer­sity of Crete).

Dr. Loizides fo­cused on the po­lit­i­cal thought of James Mill and dis­cussed his views on the con­di­tions of good gov­ern­ment prior to the pub­li­ca­tion of his es­say “Gov­ern­ment.” Adam Swin­bank asked whether Friedrich Ni­et­zsche’s no­tion of “Eter­nal Re­cur­rence” can of­fer a new source of moral­ity in a God­less world with­out moral cer­tain­ties and ar­gued that it fell short of be­ing an ad­e­quate new source of moral­ity in the 21st cen­tury. Dr. Pana­gakou pro­vided an in­no­va­tive anal­y­sis of Bosan­quet’s po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy which con­cen­trated on the eth­i­cal sys­tem of the state and on its four key com­po­nents (eth­i­cal life, meta­physics of the self, in­sti­tu­tions as eth­i­cal ideas, and eth­i­cal cit­i­zen­ship).

The pre­sen­ta­tions stim­u­lated dis­cus­sion.

Prof. Con­stanti­nou talked of the im­por­tant lessons we can draw from the writ­ings of thinkers as those ad­dressed upon the panel.

Com­ment­ing on the topic of the panel, Dr. Pana­gakou said: “The re­cent eco­nomic cri­sis has gen­er­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties for po­lit­i­cal thinkers and in­tel­lec­tual his­to­ri­ans to re­flect on the state of cur­rent af­fairs and to re­visit the work of cel­e­brated philoso­phers in or­der to find in­spi­ra­tion, em­pow­er­ment and guid­ance. How should I live my life? What is the relation be­tween the state and the in­di­vid­ual? What is the na­ture of the state? What is good gov­ern­ment and how can the common good be safe­guarded? What is the relation be­tween self-re­al­i­sa­tion and the so­cial whole? Po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy ad­dresses th­ese ques­tions and stim­u­lates thought, di­a­logue and cri­tique. En­gag­ing with the work of past masters shows not only the ro­bust­ness of their vi­sion, but also the peren­nial rel­e­vance of their ideas.”

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