Katelis S. Viglas
Historian of Philosophy – Historiographer-Theologian (BA, MA, PhD)
He was born in Volos, Greece, in 1969. He has studied History and Archaeology in the School of Philosophy at the University of Ioannina and graduated with a degree Very Good (equivalent to a 2.1 Honors Degree) in 1991. With a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.) in the field of Byzantine and Neohellenic Philosophy he followed postgraduate studies at the Theological School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (First and Second Semester 1994-95, Third and Fourth Semester 1995-96). He received a master’s degree in the field of Systematic Theology, with honors in 1996. From 1996 to 2001 he wrote a doctoral thesis entitled “The Dialectic of Spiritual Ascent according to Plotinus.”
He is a member of the Greek Philosophical Society, the Working Group for the study of Byzantine Philosophy in Greece (from its foundation in 1995) and the International Society for Philosophers (ISFP). He has participated in philosophy conferences, such as the Symposium on the work of the pioneer of the study of Byzantine Philosophy, Basil Tatakis, in Andros 2008 and in the Event-Discussion “The thought of Aristotle in the Byzantine literature” of the “Institute for Humanities and Culture Nicos Svoronos” of European Public Law Organization (EPLO) as part of the celebrations for the Year of Aristotle, at Athens, in 2 November 2016. Since the 1990s he was an associate of the Research Centre for Greek Philosophy of the Academy of Athens, especially of its first director, student of B. Tatakis, the legendary scholar Linos Benakis – husband of the former Minister of Justice and Culture, Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, Anna Psarouda-Benaki – who was supervisor-advisor of I.K.Y.
His research interests include Neo-Platonism, Byzantine Philosophy, Theology, Philosophy of History, History of Scientific Ideas, Anthropology, Historiography, Comparative Literature, etc. He has authored – edited, translated, and participated in – sixteen books and over 90 publications in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and other publications, such as Greek Philosophical Review, Philotheos, European Journal of Science and Theology, Social Sciences Tribune, Historica, Theology, Philosophein, Synaxis, Deucalion, Interlitteraria, etc.
In 2010, his study “A Historical Outline of Byzantine Philosophy and its Basic Subjects” (Res Cogitans. Journal of philosophy at the University of Southern Denmark, Miscellaneous, Nr. 3 – Vol. 1 – 31.12.2006, 73-105) translated into Polish, published in the journal Peitho. Examina Antiqua of the Institute of Philosophy in Poznań, and was taught at the Adam Mickiewicz University, in March 2011, in the framework of a course on Ancient Greek and Byzantine Philosophy. The same study is used in the course of Byzantine Philosophy of the Hussite Theological Faculty (Charles University in Prague) (since the summer of 2014), in the course of Byzantine History in the Philology Department at Patras University (2015), et al. See citations to this article in Polish, Ukrainian, Spanish, Russian, Czech, Arabic, English and Greek HERE.
Among other things, he has discovered and proved the non-accidental homonymy of the first principle of Neo-Platonism, the One,“το hen”, το ἕν, that is the God or the Good, with the word “En” () of the ancient Chaldeans and Babylonians since in their cuneiform writing it means the Lord or the Priest, and it is used as the first part of many compound words for their gods, such as En-Lil (Lord of the Storm), En-Ki (deity of crafts, mischief, water, intelligence and creation) etc. (This research has been published in the Journal of Hellenic Religion 6 (2012-2013) 55-76 of Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in Greek and in the Philosophia E-Journal of Philosophy and Culture 14 (2016) 171-189 of Sofia University in English).
From 2011 to 2017 he was a regular contributor and scientific associate of the Greek monthly journal Historica Themata (Historical Themes) and from 2013 to 2017 he was a contributor to the Military History, a monthly magazine on the Greek and world military history.