Jorge Angel Livraga Rizzi

The many facets of Jorge Angel Livraga Rizzi can be seen reflected in his life’s work: the International Organisation New Acropolis, which is present today in over 50 countries.

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.