World Philosophy Day

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By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November, UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual. In 2018, World Philosophy Day observed on 15 November.

In establishing World Philosophy Day in 2005, the General Conference highlighted the importance of this discipline, especially for young people, underlining that “philosophy is a discipline that encourages critical and independent thought and is capable of working towards a better understanding of the world and promoting tolerance and peace ”.

UNESCO's General Conference was convinced that “the institutionalization of Philosophy Day at UNESCO as world philosophy day would win recognition for and give strong impetus to philosophy and, in particular, to the teaching of philosophy in the world”.

UNESCO leads World Philosophy Day – but does not own it. It belongs to everyone, everywhere, who cares about philosophy.


Type of Event Special Event
Start 15.11.2018 08:00 local time
End 15.11.2018 22:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Crowley, John
Contact John Crowley,
Country Worldwide
City -
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 Philosophy Day at UNESCO
Link 2 World Philosophy Day 2017
Link 3 UNESCO and Philosophy
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