About Areete

Areete is a community of practice for future studies in information  and communication technologies , It is an ongoing quest for knowledge and learning opportunities to enhance skills and share the precious pearls of wisdom for facilitating professional growth.

Areete  is a community of practice developed by espirl.

Areete is a knowledge community of practice whose goal is connecting people and expertise across the globe in the field of future studies Information and communication technologies

Areete –  Story

Areete  in its basic sense, means excellence of any kind.  This notion of excellence was ultimately bound up with the notion of the fulfillment of purpose or function, the act of living up to one’s full potential. Areete in ancient Greek culture was courage and strength in the face of adversity and it was to what all people aspired.

The most articulated value in Greek culture is Areete. Translated as virtue, the word actually means something closer to being the best you can be, or reaching your highest human potential.

The term from Homeric times onwards is not gender specific. In the Homeric poems, Areete is frequently associated with bravery, but more often, with effectiveness. The man or woman of Areete is a person of the highest effectiveness; they use all their faculties: strength, bravery, wit, and deceptiveness, to achieve real results. In the Homeric world, then, Areete involves all of the abilities and potentialities available to humans. The concept implies a human-centered universe in which human actions are of paramount importance; the world is a place of conflict and difficulty, and human value and meaning is measured against individual effectiveness in the world.

Areete is explicitly linked with human knowledge, where the expressions virtue is knowledge and Areeté is knowledge are used interchangeably. The highest human potential is knowledge and all other human abilities are derived from this central capacity. If Areeté is knowledge and study, the highest human knowledge is knowledge about knowledge itself; in this light, the theoretical study of human knowledge, which Aristotle called contemplation, is the highest human ability and happiness.

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