World Philosophy Day - 17th International Encounters on New Philosophical Practices


On the occasion of World Philosophy Day 2018, UNESCO will convene the 17th International Encounters on New Philosophical Practices (NPP) from 14 to 15 November 2018, hosted in cooperation with the UNESCO Chair on Philosophical Practices with Children at the University of Nantes (France).

This conference provides a forum for everyone who is interested in the practice of philosophy in all its forms, including the least traditional. It will include a range of parallel sessions addressing the various institutional settings in which enhanced presence of philosophy needs to be promoted.

They enable reflection on how to make philosophy accessible to as many people as possible, outside its traditional spaces and modes of expression – through primary and secondary schools, hospitals, prisons, cafés, evening classes, public libraries, theatres, cinema, businesses and other organizations, etc. Researchers, teachers, practitioners, as well as the simply curious, are all welcome to come and share their ideas.


Wednesday, 14 November

9:00-12:00 and 13:30-15:45 | seminars
PHILOART (Room XV), PHILOFORMATION (Room 4021), PHILOCITE (Room XVI), PHILOART (Room XV), PHILOECOLE (9h-10h45, restaurant; then in room Ségur)

16:00 - 17:00 | plenary (room IV)
"Philosopher with Walt Disney and Harry Potter" animated by Marianne Chaillan and Edwige Chirouter

Thursday, 15 November

10H - 15H45 | seminars
PhiloArt (Room VI), PhiloPratique (room VII), PhiloCité (room VIII), PhiloEcole (room XI), Démonstrations de pratiques (Salle des Pas Perdus)

16H - 17 (plenary) Philosophizing and meditating with children Lecture by Frédéric Lenoir Closing of the 17th Rencontres (Room XI)

Friday, 16 November

8:30 - 13:30 | Presentation of the creation of a work of art (triptych), PhiloJeunes
14:30 - 15:30 | First representation of the play "Who has killed freebird?" by Parminou (play on violent extremism imagined by college students) in Room II
19:00 - 20:00 | Second representation of the play (Room Miró)


Type of Event Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Start 14.11.2018 09:00 local time
End 16.11.2018 18:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Crowley, John
Organizer UNESCO
Contact John Crowley,
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 125 avenue de Suffren
Room Room IV, Room XV, Room XVI, Room VI, Room VII, Room VIII, Room XI, Salle Pas Perdus
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 1000
Official Website
Link 1 More information on the Conference
Link 2 Programme
Link 3 Online registration
Link 4 Philosophy Day at UNESCO