My Intellectual Journey Towards an Intercultural History of Philosophy

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Georgios Steiris


The canon in the history of philosophy, as has been crystallized, needs revision with an emphasis on intercultural studies. Especially the view of self-contained cultures and communities, since antiquity up to the fifteenth century, forms an ahistorical construct, which is already being attacked and is in no position to offer anything fruitful to research. Within our complicated globalized environment, historians of philosophy ought to give priority to, and lay emphasis on, comparative study and “interculturality.” A comparative history of philosophy aims to the understanding of the presuppositions of the act of philosophizing.    

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Steiris, G. (2021). My Intellectual Journey Towards an Intercultural History of Philosophy. Journal of World Philosophies, 6(1), 157–162. Retrieved from
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Georgios Steiris, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Georgios Steiris is currently Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has previously taught at the University of Peloponnese, the Hellenic Open University, the Hellenic Studies Paideia Program (UConn), and as a Visiting Professor at Jyvaskyla University. Furthermore, he has served as Secretary General of the Greek Philosophical Society (2015–2016). In 2015, he was awarded the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Gold Jubilee Medal for his work on Arabic philosophy. His areas of specialization are medieval and Renaissance philosophy.

            Recent Publications include: Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher, ed. S. Mitralexis, G. Steiris, M. Podbielski, S. Lalla (Eugene OR: Cascade Books/Wipf and Stock, 2017); “Seeking Maximus the Confessor’s Philosophical Sources: Maximus the Confessor and al-Fārābī on Representation and Imagination,” in Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher, ed. S. Mitralexis, G. Steiris, M. Podbielski, S. Lalla (Eugene OR: Cascade Books/Wipf and Stock, 2017), 316–31; “Pletho, Scholarios and the Arabic philosophy,” in Never the Twain Shall Meet: Latins and Greeks Learning from Each Other in Byzantium, ed. D. Searby (Byzantinisches Archiv Series Philosophica 2, Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2017), 309–34; “Al-Fārābi on the Role of Philosophy of History in the History of Civilization,” in Christian and Islamic Philosophies of Time, ed. S. Mitralexis and M. Podbielski (Wilmington DE: Vernon Press 2018), 135–44; “Pico della Mirandola and the Presocratics,” Proceedings of the XXIII World Philosophy Congress, Renaissance and Modern Philosophy, Volume 70, Philosophy Documentation Center (Charlottesville 2018), 27–37; “Searching for the Routes of Philosophy: Marsilio Ficino on Heraclitus,” Mediterranea. International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge 4 (2019): 57–74; “History and Religion as Sources of Hellenic Identity in Late Byzantium and the Post-Byzantine Era,” Genealogy 4, no. 1 (2020): 1–17 (; “Humanity, Nature, Science and Politics in Renaissance Utopias,” in The Edinburgh Critical History of Middle Ages and Renaissance Philosophy, ed. A. LaZella and R. A. Lee Jr. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), 272–82; “Michael Apostolis on Substance,” in Bessarion’s Treasure: Editing, Translating and Interpreting Bessarion’s Literary Heritage, Byzantinisches Archiv Series Philosophica, vol. 3, ed. Sergei Mariev (Berlin–Boston: De Gruyter, 2021), 211–36.