Our reading meetings to study Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics has resumed on the 19th of September 2019. We meet every Thursdays at 4 pm (Vilnius time). The readings take place at Mykolas Romeris Uuniversity, LAB Building, in 101 (Didlaukio st. 55, Vilnius). Anyone interested is welcome to join!




First Annual Conference of Centre for Aristotelian Studies and Critical Theory (ASCT), Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, May 24th-25th 2019

Aristotle and Critical Theory

Friday, May 24th

MRU, Ateities st. 20, CR I-414

9.45-10.15 Registration

10.15-10.30 Welcome: Saulius Spurga (MRU Deputy Rector) & Andrius Bielskis (Director of ASCT)

10.30 –12.00 Session I (chaired by Povilas Aleksandravičius)

Tony Burns (University of Nottingham, UK): “Aristotle’s Ethics and the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School”

Andrius Bielskis (Mykolas Romeris University, ASCT, Lithuania): “Aristotle, Normativity and Critical Theory”

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.30Session II (chaired by Dario Martinelli)

Tom Angier (University of Cape Town, South Africa): “A Paradox in Aristotle’s Hierarchical Taxonomy of Living Things”

Henrikas Žukauskas (Mykolas Romeris University, ASCT, Lithuania): “Social Movements Confront Theology of Action: the Heritage of Aristotle in the Baptism of Fire”

14.30- 15.00 Coffee Break  

15.00-16.30 Session III (chaired by Egidijus Mardosas)

Joseph Dunne (Dublin City University, Ireland): “Paulo Freire Then – and Now? Re-reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed After Fifty Years”

Kelvin Knight (London Metropolitan University, UK): “MacIntyre, Political and Practical Philosophy, and Critique”

16.30-17.00 Coffee Break

17.00-18.00 Session IV (chaired by Joseph Dunne)

Ruth Groff (Saint Louis University, USA): “What Can We Learn From Marx That Aristotle Didn’t Already Say?”

Saturday, May 25th

MRU, Didlaukio st. 55, LAB 102

10.00-11.30 Session V (chaired by Kelvin Knight)

Eleni Leontsini (University of Ioannina, Greece): “A Critique of the Neo-Marxist Interpretation of Aristotle’s “Political Organicism””

Jeffrey Nicholas (Providence College, USA): “What is Critical Theory Anyway? Preliminary Considerations”

11.30-12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-13.30 Session VI (chaired by Andrius Bielskis)

Giedrė Plepytė (Lithuanian Social Research Centre): “Sociological Approach to Happiness and Eudaimonian Ethics“

Egidijus Mardosas (Mykolas Romeris University, ASCT, Lithuania) “Work and the Working Classes in Aristotle’s Ideal Polis”

13.30-24.00 Enjoying summery Vilnius

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Our meeting time to read Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics has changed. From the 10th of January 2019 we will meet every Thursdays at 4 pm (Vilnius time).




Every Wednesday (from 31st of October 2018 on) at 6 pm the Members of the Centre (and everyone interested and able to join us in Vilnius) meet to read Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. We use David Ross’s translation comparing it to the original as well as to other translations (including the Lithuanian translation of Jonas Dumčius). The readings take place at Mykolas Romeris Uuniversity, LAB Building, in 101 (Didlaukio st. 55, Vilnius). The international members of the Centre connect via Skype. Lithuanian scholars interested in Aristotle are especially welcome!




Launch of the Centre for Aristotelian Studies and Critical Theory will be held on Thursday, 22nd of March 2018 in Room 102, LAB MRU, Didlaukio st. 55, Vilnius


16.00-16.15 Dr Vassiliki Dicopoulou, Ambassador of Greece: On the Greek-Lithuanian Cooperation

16.15-16.30 Dr Algirdas Monkevičius, Rector of Mykolas Romeris University: Welcome

16.30-16.45 Dr Giedrius Viliūnas, Vice-Minister of Education and Science, Welcome and Greetings

16.45-17.00 Dr Andrius Bielskis, Director of the Centre: On the Mission of the Centre for Aristotelian Studies and Critical Theory

17.00-17.15 Dr Eleni Leontsini, International Research Fellow: Why are Aristotelian Studies Important?

17.15-17.30 Prof. Dr. Tatjana Aleknienė, Guest Scholar, The Relevance of Plato and Aristotle Today

17.30 Wine Reception