Research program

Salzburg (Austria). Lecture entitled "Du bist, was du denkst" (You are what you think you are), given at the University by Hannes Weinelt, National Director of NA in Austria, to a large audience.Salzburg (Austria). Lecture entitled "Du bist, was du denkst" (You are what you think you are), given at the University by Hannes Weinelt, National Director of NA in Austria, to a large audience.

Every year the Board of Directors of the IONA proposes that the cultural and philosophical research teams prepare an essay around a common theme that is announced through an international competition. The winning essays are included in an annual publication.

The rules governing the competition are as follows:

The International Organization New Acropolis, along with its member organizations and individual members, announce the current Essay Competition (“Competition”) according to the following Rules.

  • TOPIC
  • The topic will vary each year and will be announced at the IONA’s General Assembly.
  • DATES OF THE COMPETITION:
  • The essays must be handed in at the head office of any of the national member associations of the IONA before December 15th of the current year. Before March 20th of the following year, each national association will select the essay that will represent said national head office at the International Philosophy Conference, which is celebrated the same day as the IONA’s Annual General Meeting.
  • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
  • In order to be able to participate in the competition, the following requirements must be met:
    • Being a member of any of the national member associations of the IONA.
    • Being 18 years of age or older.
    • Entrants must guarantee that the essay is their own original creation and therefore does not constitute partial or total plagiarism.
    • Entrants assigns all copyright or rights of use in the essay to the IONA and therefore authorises the IONA to assign, reproduce, disseminate or distribute their essays, and the Organization reserves the right to use the essay as it sees fit at any time.
  • ESSAY REQUIREMENTS:
    • The essays can be written in any language; however the one selected by each national member association of the IONA to be presented AT the General Assembly must be translated to English or Spanish.
    • The essays must be at least 7 pages long and not longer than 15 pages, single line spacing and Arial font size 12.

 
The topics proposed in previous years were the following:
2010-2011 - Language

Essays must address one or more of the following areas:

  1. ORIGIN AND ROOTS OF DIFFERENT LANGUAGES AND DIALECTS.
    • Scientific and traditional contributions about the origins of languages and dialects that are spoken throughout the different countries and regions of the world.
    • The development of languages and migrations of peoples.
    • The origin and development of languages (by countries, continents or linguistic groups)
    • The evolution of languages.
  2. TYPES OF LANGUAGES.
    • The role of Language. Types of communication.
    • The language of nature (minerals, plants, animals).
    • Body language (gestures, dance, movements in rituals).
    • The language of emotions.
    • Rational language.
    • Aesthetic language (music, poetry, art in general).
    • The language of ethics (morality in action).
    • The language of symbols (symbols of nature, sacred symbols, religious symbols, symbols in dreams).
    • Writing. A human symbol
  3. THE PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE.
    • The word as an instrument of creation.
    • The word as an instrument of transmission.
    • Philosophical language: dialogue.
    • The art of speaking to human beings and to God.
    • The contemporary philosophy of dialogue and communication.

2009-2010

Essays must address one or more of the following areas:

 A)   IMPORTANT FIGURES OF OUR TIME.

  • Examples of Philosophy as a way of life and an answer to difficulties.

 B)   BIOGRAPHIES OF CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHERS.


2008-2009

Essays must address one or more of the following areas:

A) TOWARDS A NEW MIDDLE AGES OR AXIAL AGE.

  • What is an axial age?
  • Historical cycles.

B) THE PRESENT AGE: AN ANALYSIS OF THE CURRENT SITUATION.

  • Social characteristics.
  • Human characteristics.
  • Factors of decline; pathologies of our time.
  • Waiting for an end of history.

C) PROPOSALS AND SOLUTIONS. SEEDS OF THE NEW RENAISSANCE. NEW PARADIGMS.

D) INTERVIEWS WITH EMINENT PHILOSOPHERS, ARTISTS AND SCIENTISTS.

 

2007-2008

Essays must address one or more of the following areas:

A) ETHICS AND MORALITY: A WAY OF LIFE

B) SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY AND MORAL EDUCATION.

C) VIRTUE AS A WAY OF PURIFICATION AND ASCENSION TOWARDS WISDOM.

D) PHILOSOPHY OF COMMUNICATION. ME, YOU, THEM.

E) THE SACRED AND HAPPINESS.

 

2006-2007

Essays must address one or more of the following areas:

A) SCIENCE. CONCEPTIONS OF THE UNIVERSE AND MAN.

B) SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY.

C) SCIENCE AND MYTHOLOGY.

D) GREAT TECHNICAL-SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES OF THE PAST AND THE PRESENT.

E) GREAT SCIENTISTS AND SCIENTIFIC FACTS.

F) SCIENCE IN THE PAST.

G) SCIENCE TODAY.

Normandy (France). A team of NA volunteers working at the Cour Petral Library, which has over 7,000 books, during the Fall School.Normandy (France). A team of NA volunteers working at the Cour Petral Library, which has over 7,000 books, during the Fall School.

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