18 November: Celebration of World Philosophy Day 2010

World Philosophy Day 2010

Celebrated at UNESCO’s initiative every third Thursday of November since 2002, World Philosophy Day took place this year on 18 November 2010.

The events organized by UNESCO, and by its partners, were an opportunity to make philosophical reflection accessible to all (professors and students, scholars and the general public, the young and the less young), thereby enlarging the opportunities and spaces for the stimulation of critical thinking and debate.

This year, a special event took place on 18 November at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on philosophy, cultural diversity and the rapprochement of cultures, thereby contributing also to the celebration of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2010).

Celebrations were also organized by different academic actors in more than 80 countries from all regions of the world, from Bremen (Germany) to Dakar (Senegal), from Guatemala City (Guatemala) to Havana (Cuba), from Réunion (France) to Mexico City (Mexico), as well as in Montevideo (Uruguay), Rabat (Morocco), Rochester (United States of America), and Tunis (Tunisia), etc.

At UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the Day was officially inaugurated by Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General, in the presence of Luc Chatel, French Minister of Education. An International Forum was organized on the topic “Philosophy, Cultural Diversity and Rapprochement of Cultures”, with the participation of internationally-renowned philosophers and eminent figures.

During the Day at Headquarters, UNESCO also hosted a series of symposia and several other events:

The side events that took place on 18 November include a “café philo”, a book fair, workshops on philosophical practices with children, an e-forum with young philosophers, an exhibition of photographs on "East-West: The Spiritual Roots of Europe" organized in cooperation with the Martin Bodmer Foundation, the presentation of the FFCU Concours philo prize for 2009-2010 and launch of the 2010-2011 edition, etc.

The day finished with a concert on “Philosophy and Music”.

E-mail: worldphilosophyday(at)unesco.org
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