11.12.2009 -

First Assembly of the International Network of Women Philosophers sponsored by UNESCO

The First Assembly of the International Network of Women Philosophers sponsored by UNESCO took place at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris on 14 and 15 December 2009. The Assembly gathered more than 70 women philosophers from all the regions of the world.

The first day of the Assembly - which was opened by Pierre Sané, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences - was an occasion for the participants to examine the structure of the Network, its raison d’être, as well as its future orientations. Moreover, participants reflected upon the major contemporary issues facing our societies from a philosophical perspective.

The following points on the agenda were discussed:

  • Rational - Fundamental Problems / Founding Problems of the Network.
  • Structure and Functioning of the Network - Statute, National and Regional Committees.
  • Bridging People - Who’s Who and the Electronic Bulletin.
  • Future Orientations of the Network.
  • A Woman and her Philosophy: About the Work of Nicole Loraux.

The second day was dedicated to a symposium around the question What do men philosophers think about women philosophers?. The objective was to trigger innovative philosophical dialogue on the meaning of such a question, in the light of the following themes:

  • Who is Woman? Who is Man? - About a certainty without criteria.
  • What I have learnt about Philosophy from my two Sisters - Philosophers.
  • Sometimes a Woman Raises the Right Question.
  • “Woman - Philosopher”: Where is the meaning located?

Launched in 2007, the International Network of Women Philosophers currently includes more than 1,300 members from all the regions of the world, whose fields of activities reflect the great variety of practices that involve philosophy.

Its objective is to provide support for women's philosophical activities, to foster solidarity among them, to provide them with means affording them legitimacy, recognition and visibility. This Network is to serve as a platform at all levels: national, regional and worldwide.

Human Security, Democracy and Philosophy Section, UNESCO
Mr. Phinith Chanthalangsy
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 43 47; Fax: +33 (0)1 45 68 57 29
E-mail: p.chanthalangsy(at)unesco.org

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