17.11.2016 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Message for the World Philosophy Day 2016

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Philosophy Day, 17 November 2016

This year, we celebrate World Philosophy Day immediately after International Day for Tolerance. This coincidence is deeply significant, given the link between tolerance and philosophy. Philosophy thrives on the understanding of, respect and consideration for the diversity of opinions, thoughts and cultures that enrich the way we live in the world. As with tolerance, philosophy is an art of living together, with due regard to rights and common values. It is the ability to see the world with a critical eye, aware of the viewpoints of others, strengthened by the freedom of thought, conscience and belief.

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