Evangelos P. Papanoutsos was born in Piraeus, Greece, in 1900 and studied theology, philology, philosophy, and pedagogy at the Universities of Athens, Berlin, Tübingen, and Paris. His influence on the educational system of Greece has been profound, as teacher and administrator, as General Director and Secretary-General of the Greek Ministry of Education, and as advisor to Prime Minister George Papandreou and main author of the reform Law of Education which went into effect in 1964.
He teaches philosophy in the Atheosion, a School of Advanced Free Studies in Athens, and is Vice-President of the Athens Technological Institute. In addition to the present work, he is the author of five other major books in philosophy, from 1946 to 1961 was editor of Paideia and Life, a monthly review, and has written innumerable articles, many of which have been translated into other European languages.
John P. Anton, co-translator and editor of this volume, is Professor of Philosophy, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the Joint Ph.D. Program in Philosophy and Classics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Born in Ohio, he studied in both Greece and the United States, taking his doctorate at Columbia University. He is the author of Aristotle’s Theory of Contrariety and Meaning in Religious Poetry and has edited and contributed to other volumes as well as to the leading professional journals both here and abroad. Professor Anton has provided a lengthy introduction to the present book putting Papanoutsos’ thought into perspective for the American reader.
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