Philomatic tradition and history can be traced back to the Origen philosophy of the 5th century AD and to Ipazia of Alexandria
WHAT IS THE PHILOMATHIC ACADEMY TODAY?
The Philomates Association is the ancient academic institution’s heir, a private association founded in 2005 by a group of Italian citizens, whose aim was to offer to members a permanent debate forum in order to deepen the wide topics common to different involved areas, spread the habit to work together to improve the understanding and provide with intellectual contributes, which are useful to find a solution to the tackled problems. To achieve these goals the A.F. has followed three basic principles from the beginning: working according to a technocratic method, acknowledge the importance of multilateral organizations and avoid unilateral actions.
On the 28th December 2005, thanks to the involvement of qualified members of Italian and foreign economic, political and cultural environments and the main western European countries, it took place some preliminary meetings in order to verify the viability of an association which allowed to deepen and discuss the main topics (such as politic, economic, social) familiar to all knowledge branches: like science, philosophy, economics, history, psychology, medicine and so on.
The perception of founders was from its origins that a debate between people of different backgounds and professional proficiency but with the same level of responsibility, could contribute more effectively to improve the ordinary knowledge of issues by studying and discussing to spot new solutions.
The second point shared by founders and still now essential to the spirit which is at the bottom of the Philomates Association activity is the deep conviction that the fastest way to solve world’s problem is based on good international relationships, good multilateral organizations functioning and on the so-called government “intermediate bodies”.
The first Philomates Society’s meeting was in Rome at the beginning of 2006 and it was established a working plan for the next seven years (indeed this is the length of the presidential term of office). Since then the association carried on its own activity on a seven-year program basis, monitored yearly by the executive council in charge.
Initially the association was made of a narrow number of members, four territorial representatives and three national sections. Afterwards the number increased little by little, taking more and more into account the number of the represented countries.
Several national groups have structures strictly depending on the managing board, according to the local needs. For the groups of the main non-Italian cities it is also expected a national level activity and a secretariat.