Celebration of World Philosophy Day 2010

©Ruedi Baur
Poster for the International Celebration of World Philosophy Day 2010 at UNESCO

The events organized by UNESCO, or by its partners, will be 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 will take 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 will also be 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, celebrated on 18 November 2010, will be officially inaugurated by Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General. An International Forum will be 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 will also host a series of symposia and several other events:

• Round table “Women philosophers and political correctness”, organized jointly with the members of the International Network of Women Philosophers, 18 November 2010.
• Round table on “Al-Fârâbi: enlightened bridge-building among different cultures”, organized jointly with the Permanent Delegation of Kazakhstan to UNESCO, 18 November 2010.
• Symposium on “Rethinking intellectual, cultural and political issues relating to the notion of civilization”, 18 November 2010.
• 10th International Meeting on New Philosophical Practices, jointly organized with the University Institute for Teacher Training (IUFM) of Créteil and the “Philolab” Association, 17-19 November 2010.
• Symposium on “The reason and its struggles: Enlightenment, modern rationalism and revolution, yesterday and today”, jointly organized by the Gabriel Péri Foundation, the journal La Pensée, the Study Group on Rational Materialism, the Centre for the History of Modern Thought Systems and the Centre for Studies in Rhetoric, Philosophy and the History of Ideas, from Humanism to the Enlightenment (CERPHI), 18-19 November 2010.
• Symposium on “Questions on the universal and diversity”, jointly organized with the journal Insistance, 18-19 November 2010.
• Symposium on “The work of Mohammed Iqbal, a proposal for human achievement”, jointly organized with the Esprit and Philosophie Magazine journals, 17-18 November 2010.
• Symposium on “Rethinking the human condition - homage to Gustave Guillaume and Jean Piaget”, jointly organized with the Collège international de philosophie, 16-17 November 2010.
• Symposium on “Philosophy of education and philosophy teaching. From knowledge transmission to building competencies”, jointly organized with the Collège international de philosophie, the “Philolab” Association and the IUFM of Créteil/Paris Est Créteil University, 19 November 2010.
• Presentation of audiovisual tools to rectify erroneous collective representations that persist within and between the Arab-Muslim and Western worlds, “Intercultural Vademecum” initiative, 18 November 2010:
- Scientific, philosophical, literary and artistic itineraries between the Arab-Muslim and Western worlds (from the seventh to the nineteenth centuries)
- Launch of the publication “Arab-Muslim civilization in the mirror of the universal: philosophical perspectives”.

The other events that will take 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, etc. The day will finish with a concert on “Philosophy and Music”.

All these events are open to the public.

Access to UNESCO Headquarters upon the presentation of an invitation and ID.

To receive the invitation, please write to worldphilosophyday(at)unesco.org, or call +33 (0)1 45 68 45 48.


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 18.11.2010 07:00 local time
End 18.11.2010 17:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Goucha, Moufida
Organizer UNESCO - Social and Human Sciences Sector
Contact Human Security, Democracy and Philosophy Section, e-mail: worldphilosophyday(at)unesco.org, tel. +33 (0)1 45 68 45 48
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 125, avenue de Suffren
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 1000
Official Website World Philosophy Day 2010 / Journée mondiale de la philosophie 2010
Link 1 Programme in English, UNESCO House [PDF, 132 KB]
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