Philosophy Summer Seminar in Athens

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Summer Session I-a (June 5 - July 1, 2017)
The Philosophy of Action and Knowledge seminar to be held from June 5 to July 1, 2017  is the first in the series of Philosophy Summer Seminars in Athens (PSSA) intended for outstanding undergraduate students who are entertaining the prospect of a graduate career in philosophy. The aim is to introduce students to graduate level work and expose them to the latest research. Each PSSA focuses on one philosophical topic and culminates into a week-long engagement with a distinguished philosopher, who will be presenting their latest research on the topic. Students who do not have the opportunity to take high-level courses at their own institutions are especially encouraged to apply. 


The topic of this year’s PSSA is the Philosophy of Action and Knowledge, and the distinguished guest is professor John Hyman from the University of Oxford, who has contributed to the study of Wittgenstein, aesthetics, epistemology and philosophy of action and who will lecture on his book Action, Knowledge and Will (Oxford University Press, 2015). The instructor of the seminars, Dr Evgenia Mylonaki, has worked on practical philosophy with John McDowell and Kieran Setiya at the University of Pittsburgh and is an AAUW, DAAD, Andrew Mellon and EU alumna, currently publishing work on practical reasoning.

This year’s PSSA has three parts. In the first part of the seminar we will read works by Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Wittgenstein, Davidson, Anscombe, and contemporary philosophers of action and knowledge. In the second part John Hyman will give lectures on his book. And in the third part students will present their own work.

The seminar meets daily for a total of 60 contact hours. It is highly intensive and is designed so as to immerse students in the state of the art research in the field and give them resources which will enable them to apply to graduate school. The readings will be demanding and students will be expected to engage with them in class. Thus, a prior exposure to analytic philosophy will be necessary. Students will be responsible for presenting readings to the class and for writing one 15-20 page research paper of publishable quality under the guidance of the instructor.

The seminar will take place at the campus of College Year in Athens, CYA in the archaeological center of Athens, Greece. The campus is located by the ancient river Ilissos and the Panathenaic Stadium and within walking distance to the Acropolis hill.

On site classes: The seminar will visit and hold classes in the archaeological sites of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum.

Suggested Optional Conference Attendance: Students will have the option to attend an international conference on Reflection and Non-Positional Self-Consciousness at the University of Patras with John McDowell, Jim Conant, Adrian Haddock, Matt Boyle and Sebastian Roedl among others. (June 19-21).

N.B: Students will have the chance to explore the city of Athens and the nearby islands in their free time.


The deadline for application has been extended to April 28, 2017. Applicants will be notified by May 2, 2017.

Candidates who wish to attend this seminar will have to fill in the CYA Summer Application and provide the  following material:
1) A resume together with a cover letter explaining who they are and why they are interested in the seminar.
2) A short writing sample (preferably one of the candidate’s best term papers)
3) A letter of recommendation by one of their philosophy instructors

Applicants should send the material in pdf or Word format to (Subject: PSSA_2017_Application) and should ask the instructor writing the recommendation letter to send the letter directly to the same address.
For more information, direct queries to: Theoni Scourta, V.P. for Academic Affairs ( ) and the course’s instructor, Evgenia Mylonaki (

More about the instructor here: 


This course requires a minimum enrollment of 6, with a maximum enrollment of 10.

 CYA reserves the right to cancel the course if it fails to achieve minimum enrollment by April 28.  Students are advised not to purchase non-refundable airline tickets before they check with CYA.


60 contact hours

Fee Discounts:

Students who submit their application for admission with full payment postmarked on or before March 1 receive a reduction of $100.

Essential Information

Enrolled students will have access to detailed information prior to departure that will include directions to the Academic Center and other practical information about residing in Athens. CYA recommends the following websites for general information about Athens and Greece: and 


Students are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in either CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens or in hotel accommodations arranged by CYA.  CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms; towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided. Hotel accommodations will be in simple 2- or 3-star hotels, double- or triple-occupancy, with air-conditioned rooms.


The CYA Academic Center is located next to the Athens Panathenaic (Marble) Stadium and houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge and cafeteria, computer facilities (including wireless access for those students who choose to bring laptop computers), laundry facilities, and administrative offices. The Academic Center is accessible Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Sunday 5:00-9:00 p.m.


A full mid-day meal will be served weekdays in the CYA cafeteria between the hours of 12:00-3:00 p.m. A welcome dinner and a farewell lunch are also included. 


Arrival: Monday , June 5
9:00 a.m.: Check-in begins at the CYA Academic Center. Pick up information folder from Student Affairs and course materials from the Librarian.  Transport to CYA apartments or to CYA-arranged hotel accommodations.
6:00 p.m.: Orientation session at the Academic Center followed by a welcome dinner offering students the opportunity to meet their Professor and fellow students.

Class begins: Tuesday, June 6 

Last Day of Class: Friday, June 30
Last class and final examination. Farewell lunch

Departure: Saturday, July 01
Accommodations available until 12:00 noon.