UNESCO Chair in Archai: The Plural Origins of Western Thought (980), established in 2012 at the University of Brasilia (Brazil).


Philosophy and ethics.


The specific objectives of this Chair are to:

  • develop methodologies to support the elaboration of an open interdisciplinary space for philosophical reflection on the origins of Western thought and their interactions with local realities, in order to allow new generations to develop a critical approach to the Western intellectual tradition, as well as help decision-makers and stakeholders to design public policies, including in education, that will enhance a culture of peace and dialogue with other societies;
  • provide an interdisciplinary approach for a better understanding of cultural diversity; and,
  • foster the development of a data-base on ancient Greek-Roman literature, with free access to the entire University and, through cooperation and knowledge exchange with other universities, recover the bibliographical archives of the Classical Studies Collection.


Host Institution

Universidade de Brasília

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Social and Human Sciences; UNESCO Office in Brasilia


Contact: Mr José Geraldo de Sousa Junior


The Universidade de Brasília

Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro

Brasília-CEP 70910-900