To promote an ideal of universal fraternity, based on respect for human dignity, beyond racial, sexual, cultural, religious, social and other differences.
It is necessary to promote respect for different identities and traditions, and at the same time to strengthen unity beyond differences, to harmonize people, ideas and feelings in an enriching and open coexistence. The strength of this ideal of fraternity lies more in what unites us than in what separates us. It is firmly based on a recognition of universal values, which, while respecting diversity, transcend local practices and customs and come together in a set of common ethical principles that are inherent in the dignity of every human being. This ideal promotes respect for and promotion of human rights, as well as the recognition of certain principles of universal ethics.
To encourage love for wisdom, which, through the comparative study of philosophies, religions, sciences and arts, promotes the knowledge of the universe, nature and the human being.
The love of truth and knowledge sets out from the legitimate aspiration to develop one's own discernment and understanding of the world and oneself. We understand philosophy as an axis that connects the different facets and angles of human knowledge.
Philosophy can bring together the sources of the past and the present in that global, broad and integrating vision, so that it becomes a real force for progress, which seeks not only to explore the paths of life, but to go deeply into its ultimate ends, and tries to combine all aspects of knowledge and experience.
To develop the best of our human potential, by promoting our full realization as individuals and our integration in nature and society, not as mere spectators, but as active participants in a world that needs to be improved. Our work results in better individuals who bring sustainability to social development.
The human being still has an enormous latent potential. To know it and develop it is one of the fundamental pillars of life itself and provides a source of lasting satisfaction. The achievement of harmony between thought, feeling and action is a goal for every human being. A balanced and all-round development of oneself, and the actualization of the best qualities and values of our human nature, are probably the only guarantee of moving towards a better world.
Organization Structure and Operations
Acropolis brings together under an International Organization (I.O.N.A.), with its headquarters in Brussels, the associations of the different countries which adhere to its Founding Charter and its principles of action. New Acropolis is an International Non-profit Association recognized as an international association by Royal Decree of 12 February 1990, No. 3/12-941/S, under Law 25/10/19 of the Kingdom of Belgium. It is registered in the International Register of Associations (see Moniteur No. 48 of 9 March 1990, page 4489).
Its associative structure guarantees respect for the diversity, autonomy and initiative of each of its member associations.
Its operational structure enables it to act independently of all political, religious or financial interests. Each member association is liable to the authorities of its own country and abides by the international regulations governing associations.
According to its Constitution, the Governing Board of the International Association is made up of a representative of each of the member Associations. The members of the International Executive Council, which is responsible for coordinating and making the necessary contacts to implement the resolutions passed at each annual meeting of the Assembly, are elected from the most qualified members of the Governing Board.
Since 1992, the presidency of the International Organization has been held by Delia Steinberg Guzmán. The organization is currently present in over 50 countries.
Our Founder: Jorge Ángel Livraga Rizzi
Founder and First President of the International Organization New Acropolis
The many facets of Jorge Angel Livraga Rizzi can be seen reflected in his life's work: the International Organization New Acropolis, which is present today in over 50 countries.
Bringing Philosophy into Everyday Life
His approach consisted in proposing a revival of the idea of a School of Philosophy in the classical tradition and reintroducing the Socratic method as the human being's search for wisdom and knowledge. In antiquity, these schools - such as Plato's Academy, Aristotle's Lyceum or the Neoplatonic School of Alexandria - helped to inject new vitality and to give new direction to the societies of their times. This need for renewal re-emerged in the middle of the 20th century, with deep roots in the classical tradition and a forward-looking vision towards the 3rd millennium.
Professor Livraga's vocation for teaching and his pioneering spirit as a philosopher of the future led him to develop many of the aspects of the programme of studies of the School of Philosophy, while at the same time continuing with his own research into the comparative study of religions and the different lines of philosophical, socio-cultural, scientific and artistic thought and development.
The main key to this philosophy as a way of life is to be found in the concept of "renaissance" or "rebirth", starting with the "inner renaissance of the human being", as he put it - a human being who is in continual evolution, who asks himself questions about what he sees, what he feels and what he experiences, who reflects and searches for answers.
The goal of making the philosophy of all times - humanity's legacy of wisdom - accessible to all is the driving force behind the Schools of Philosophy "in the classical tradition" promoted by Prof. Livraga, which are inspired not only by a love of learning, but also by a sense of commitment to society and the present, and a forward-looking vision. In this sense he was undeniably a pioneer of the 21st century.
A New Humanism
Deeply aware of the need for a new eclectic humanism capable of bringing together the great philosophical teachings of East and West, he developed a teaching methodology especially designed for young people, to enable them to discover in those teachings the major keys to the meaning of existence and the destiny of humanity, as well as learning how to respond to change in an active way.
Understanding culture - the shared roots of all peoples and civilizations - helps to neutralize the threats of materialism and dogmatic irrationality that separate human beings and bring them into conflict with one another.
The Socratic methodology of the School of Philosophy is applied in culture through the practice of dialogue on all levels - between arts, sciences, religions, between human beings and the different cultures and nations that underpin their existence.
Professor Livraga spent his life promoting fraternity amongst individuals and nations, combating the material and moral poverty of his contemporaries and defending the liberty of conscience and expression wherever they were threatened or restricted.
Commitment to Society
Philosophy, when it is put into practice, requires human beings to make a commitment to their times and to the society to which they belong. As the founder of New Acropolis often used to say, we can all do something to make the world a better place. When there is a lot of confusion and passivity in the world, the most valuable, lasting and necessary kind of commitment is that which arises from the freedom of each individual.
Professor Jorge Ángel Livraga Rizzi was born in 1930 in Buenos Aires to a family of Italian origin, and obtained Italian nationality in 1975.
He studied Medicine, specializing in the Medicine of Ancient India, through the Adyar Section of the Theosophical Society in India.
He also obtained a Bachelor's degree in History of Art and Philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires.
At the same time, he received instruction from C. Jinarajadasa and N. Sri Ram, both of whom were presidents of the Worldwide Theosophical Society.
In 1957 he founded the School of Philosophy "in the classical tradition" which later became incorporated under the name of International Organization New Acropolis.
He devoted the rest of his life to promoting this "spiritual adventure", building it up through a major effort of teaching and research, and establishing centers, first in Europe and America, and later, from 1977, in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
He died in Madrid 1991.
In recognition of his work he was awarded the Cross of Paris in Arts, Sciences and Literature in 1976 and admitted to membership of the Burckhardt Academy, amongst other distinctions. In 1951 he won the First National Poetry Prize in Argentina.
Jorge Ángel Livraga dedicated his life to the service of the humanistic ideal which inspires and animates us, and on his death he left all his property to our Institution: the house where he was born and his personal collection of objets d'art for the creation of a private collection.
He published studies on ancient cultures and civilizations, novels, philosophical essays and reflections on the modern world, as well as numerous articles.
One of the guiding principles of the works of Jorge Ángel Livraga was to make knowledge and philosophy available to the widest possible audience. Consequently, a considerable part of his intellectual output consists of a compilation of his classes and lectures, given on a wide variety of subjects, though always with a unifying thread: the need to awaken the individual consciousness in every human being.
"Ankor, the Last Prince of Atlantis". A novel evoking the period just before the sinking of Poseidonis, the last vestige of Atlantis, according to Plato.
"The Alchemist". A historical novel, following in the footsteps of Giordano Bruno.
"The Mystery Theatre in Greece: Tragedy". An essay on the mystical roots of Theatre in Classical Greece and its cathartic function.
"The Elemental Spirits of Nature". A synthesis of traditional knowledge on the invisible world.
"Thebes". A historical and philosophical essay on ancient Egypt.
"Magic, Religion and Science for the Third Millennium". 6 Volumes. Professor Livraga's reflections on a wide range of subjects and proposed solutions based on practical philosophy.
Writings of Jorge Ángel Livraga
Delia Steinberg Guzman
Current International President
Delia Steinberg Guzman was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1943. In 1972 she moved to Spain and in 1975 was granted Spanish nationality.
Studies and Qualifications
She studied music from an early age and, at the age of 17, graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires as a Teacher of Piano and Composition.
For several years she continued to perfect her technique under the Argentinean concert pianist Flora Nudelman and later under the Russian master Hubert Brandenburg.
She also obtained a degree in Philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires.
Her interest in culture and education as a means of personal development led her to continue her studies in other disciplines. She has taken specialist courses in archaeology, history, history of music, bioenergetic medicine and other natural therapies.
At the age of 10, she performed her first public concert and since then has often been selected to perform at piano events organized by different organizations, such as Asociacion Cristiana de Jovenes, Jovenes Concertistas Argentinos, Ateneo de Cultura Artística, Nuevos Valores Musicales, Asociacion Harmonicus, Department of Culture of the Ministry of Education of the Argentine Republic, Promociones Musicales and others, both public and private.
She has given numerous concerts at different venues, as well as on radio and television, both in Argentina and in other American countries, obtaining excellent reviews in the press.
On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the death of Maurice Ravel and together with other artists and journalists, she participated in the tribute to the late composer organized by the Argentinean Institute of Engineers on 7 July 1967.
In 1988, in order to promote musical studies on an international scale, she founded the Tristan Music Institute, where she gives piano classes. Currently, the Tristan Institute operates in Spain, Brazil, France, Israel and Germany, with an emphasis on teaching activities.
Since that time she has also been running music appreciation courses in Spain, including courses dedicated to the works of Bach, Mozart, Wagner, Chopin and Schumann.
In 1975, in order to promote new values in music, she instituted the International Piano Competition which now bears her name, forming part of the jury and promoting the artistic careers of young music professionals. The Delia Steinberg International Piano Competition is held annually in Madrid (Spain) and attracts young pianists from all over the world.
Teaching and Research
In 1966 she began to study the complete syllabus of the School of Philosophy of the International Organization New Acropolis under the guidance of its founder, Professor Jorge Angel Livraga. She subsequently joined the teaching staff of the Institution, giving classes on History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, History of Religions, Eastern Philosophy, Psychology, Metaphysical Aesthetics, Oratory and all the other topics which are covered in the New Acropolis Program of Studies. She has also produced teacher training manuals for the above-mentioned subjects.
Her work as a teacher has also expanded to include giving training courses for other teachers and educators within New Acropolis.
She has delivered courses, lectures and seminars in different countries across Europe, America and Asia on topics such as "Common Features in Ancient Civilizations", "Pain and its Causes", "Esoteric Traditions about the Origins of Man and the Universe", "The Keys to Astrology", "Philosophy for Living", "The Anguish of Youth", "Astrology and Psychology ", "Egypt: Thought, Life and Religion", "The Initiatic Way of Santiago", "The Legacy of the Templars", "The Metaphysical Beauty of Woman", "Tradition and Time", "Music Therapy", "Colour Therapy", and many more.
In 1977 she founded and promoted a Short Story Competition in Spain which has now been through 25 editions, and has formed part of the panel of judges alongside important figures in the genre of literary narrative.
From 1972 to 1991 she was the director of this Institution in Spain, during which time the cultural activity of New Acropolis spread to more than thirty cities around the country.
Throughout this time she promoted teaching and research activities in several areas:
Georgios Alvarado Planas
Current Deputy International President
He was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1955 and has been living in Greece since 1980.
He is a lecturer in Philosophy, Symbology and Ancient Philosophical Theories. He is also editor-in-chief of the philosophical magazine “New Acropolis”, in Greece, as well as the author of a number of books on topics of Philosophy and Science.
Publications and Education
"Selected lectures given at New Acropolis" Published by New Acropolis, Athens 1983
"The Zodiac Cycle in World Mythology" Published by New Acropolis, Athens 1985
"Introduction to Eastern Wisdom" Published by New Acropolis, Athens 1990
"The Three Centers of Mystery" Published by New Acropolis, Athens 2002
He is the principal translator into Greek of the books and articles of the founder of New Acropolis, Prof. J.A.LIVRAGA, and of the international director of the Organization, Prof. DELIA S. GUZMAN. He has delivered a number of seminars in Greece and abroad on topics such as: "Science in Antiquity", "Public Speaking and the Training of Speakers", "Education and Vocational Training", "Aesthetics and Art" and "The Promotion of Global Culture and the Arts".
He holds a degree in Law from the University of DEUSTO and UNED (National Distance Learning University), and a degree in Business Administration from ICADE (Catholic Institute of Business Management).
He speaks 4 languages: Greek, Spanish, French and English.
Prof. Planas became a member of "New Acropolis" in Spain, in 1972. Having successfully completed the Organization's program of philosophical studies, he now dedicates himself to studying Philosophy and History of Civilizations. For 37 years he has been working in the field of education and in sectors such as Ethical Philosophy, Psychology, Eastern and Western Philosophy, Public Speaking, Education, Archaeology, and Social and Symbolical Studies.
As a result of his successful career as director of "New Acropolis" in Greece, hundreds of people of all ages have participated in and become members of this organization, thus making a strong contribution to the further development of the International Organization and helping to achieve its objectives.
An accomplished public speaker, he has delivered more than 4,000 lectures, as well as giving interviews and writing articles, not only in Greece but also for local newspapers in Spain, Peru and Uruguay. Many of his presentations on philosophical issues have been broadcast on radio and T.V. His varied work and contributions in the fields of education, culture and volunteering have been widely accredited and acknowledged. They include two main lines of activity:
A) Cultural activities for the development of human knowledge and consciousness:
National Director India North - Yaron Barzilay
Born in Tel Aviv (Israel) on March 21st, 1973
Joined as a member of New Acropolis in Israel on February 1998, Yaron has become an enthusiastic follower of the Philosophical studies in the classical way ever since.
Being of the management team, he took part in the development of the organization and it expansion, under the guidance of Mr. Pierre Poulain, the director of New Acropolis in Israel, whereas he took part in activities such as: promoting public relations, cooperating with cinemateques, seminars, lectures, an International seminar as a tribute to the philosopher Giordano Bruno, outdoor activities etc.
As a teacher in New Acropolis, Yaron is well experience in eastern and western philosophy, history, symbolism, moral philosophy and Psychology. He instructed new teachers of the organization in Israel.
In 2000, he established The New Acropolis branch in the city of Jerusalem which attracted many followers and volunteers.
In 2006 Yaron Barzilay received authorization to represent New Acropolis as the national director of India North.
National Director India South - Ran A. Kremer
Born in Israel, in 1971 and has been living in India since Jan 2009.
A lecturer in Philosophy, Comparative study of thought and Ancient Philosophies. Has written number of articles and essays on topics of Philosophy, in Israel, as well as in India.
Delivered a number of seminars in Israel, India and other countries on topics such as: "Public Speaking", "Self defence and Management of Fear", "Techniques of concentration" and "The Promotion of Global Culture and the Arts", "Art of Choosing and choices management"
Supporting projects that promotes sustainable fraternity among people regardless their social or religious background, by conducting profound Cultural, Philosophical, Artistic, social leadership& responsibility and Environmental awareness programs that emphasises what unites us in an era of great cultural diversity and socio-political conflicts. The programs that are being promoted are in the New Acropolis spirit of Volunteerism.
Besides of all the above volunteering work, Ran also is involved in the last 12 years in the field of international business management and since the last 3 years is in the position of a Managing Director of the Indo-Sri Lankan operation of a Tel-Aviv - Israeli based software development company.
Speaks 3 languages: Hebrew, English and Spanish.
Ran A. Kremer is a member of "New Acropolis", in Israel since 1998 and in India since 2009. As a public speaker, has delivered more than 300 lectures, as well as giving interviews and writing articles. Some of his presentations on philosophical issues have been published also in the local press.
Various work and contributions in the fields of education, culture and volunteering:
Cultural activities for the development of human knowledge and consciousness - In this framework he has organized practical public seminars, cultural festivals, tributes and exhibitions for the promotion of culture and philosophy, with the aim of spreading an understanding about the different mentalities, cultures, philosophies and ideas from a wide range of civilizations.
Social and ecological actions - Volunteerism work aimed at addressing major social and ecological issues: initiating and promoting projects with the aim of developing and implementing social and environmental responsibility while leading several groups with dozens of volunteers.