Symposium “The reason and its struggles: Enlightenment, modern rationalism and revolution, yesterday and today”, in the framework of World Philosophy Day 2010

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

The symposium entitled “The reason and its struggles, Enlightenment, modern rationalism, revolution, in the past and today” will be organized jointly with the Gabriel Péri Foundation, the journal "La Pensée”, the Study Group on Rational Materialism, the Union Rationaliste, the Centre of History of Systems of the Modern Thought, the Centre of Studies in Rhetoric, Philosophy and History of Ideas, from Humanism to the Enlightenment (CERPHI), and the Georges Chevrier Centre .
The following round tables will take place in this framework: “The challenges of the XXI century”; “Social relations, economics and social history, humanities, true and false rationalisms”; “Critical rationalism and scientific movements”; “Development of knowledge, processes of change in the categories of thought”.

The objective of this event will be to discuss the historical and theoretical characteristics of the debates and struggles that have not ceased to rage since the birth of the philosophy of Enlightenment and again since the French revolution. The focus will also be on more recent struggles of modern rationalism against irrationalism and also against the trends that aim at impeding the questioning of ideological interests.

Access will be upon presentation of an invitation and ID. To receive the invitation, please write to, or call +33 (0)1 45 68 45 48.


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 18.11.2010 08:00 local time
End 19.11.2010 15:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Goucha, Moufida
Organizer UNESCO - Social and Human Sciences Sector
Contact Tania Remond, Fondation Gabriel Péri,
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room XI
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event French
Estimated number of participants 200
Official Website World Philosophy Day 2010 / Journée mondiale de la philosophie 2010
Link 1 Programme in English [PDF, 45 KB]
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