Round Table on the theme "Youth, Philosophy and Future"


The Round Table is organized in the framework of the 2012 World Philosophy Day whose celebration at UNESCO Headquarters on 15 November 2012 is dedicated to the main theme of "Future Generations".

What future is in store for those who will be 20 years old in 2062 and what will it mean to be young in the future? Will future young people live in a better world than the one in which today’s youth is living?

The aim of the round table is to reflect on the life of future young people based on perceptions of today’s youth, adults and decision-makers responsible for the elaboration of youth policies.

The roundtable will be organised with the participation of: Anissa Castel-Bouchouchi, philosopher, teacher of philosophy to classes préparatoires in the Jeanne d’Arc school, Rouen, writer on classical philosophy and author of two books for children; Edwige Chirouter, teacher of philosophy, UNESCO expert for the development of philosophy for children and experienced pedagogue; Michel Piquemal, a writer of books for young people and a contributer to magazines for children, a director of the collections Carnets de sagesse, Paroles de, Carnets de philosophie and Petits Contes de Sagesse (published by Albin Michel), winner of the Grand Prix du Livre pour la Jeunesse in 1989 (Ministère Jeunesse et Sports, France); and Michel Tozzi, Emeritus Professor of Science of Education at the Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3 University, didactician of philosophy, UNESCO expert in philosophy in primary schools.

It will be chaired by John Crowley, team leader for global environmental change (in UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector) and for World Philosophy Day.

The participants :

Anissa Castel-Bouchouchi is a philosopher (PhD in social sciences and philosophy). She teaches philosophy to students in the Lycée Fénelon (Paris) who are preparing to study at the Ecole normale supérieur. Her work concentrates on classical philosophy and platonism in contemporary thinking. She has translated several of Plato’s dialogues, including L’Apologie de Socrate (Paris, Gallimard, Folioplus, 2008), and Les Lois (an anthology, Gallimard, Folio-Essais, 1996). She has co-supervised, with Florence de Lussy, the volume of the Complete Works of Simone Weil dedicated to Greek sources (Ecrits de Marseille, IV,2, Gallimard, 209). Under the name of Anissa Castel she has written several philosophy books for children and teenagers - notably Sommes-nous libres? (2006) Un lieu à soi (2011), L’amour est-il toujours fou ? (to appear in 2013) in the Chouette Penser collection, supervised by Myriam Revault d’Allonnes, published by Gallimard Jeunesse – and wrote an article entitled Yeux de l’esprit in Chouette ! Philo : Abécédaire d’Artiste à Zombie (2012) in the same collection, under the supervision of Myriam Revault d’Allonnes and Michaël Foessel.

Edwige Chirouter, taught final year secondary school pupils, then, in 1998, became Maître de conférences in philosophy and science of education at the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres of the Loire Region and at the Centre de Recherche en Education in Nantes. In addition to training of school teachers, she runs regular philosophical workshops in the Sarthe département. Her thesis ‘What does children’s literature think about?’ focused on the possibilities of learning philosophy at an early age through the reading of stories (albums, fairy stories, myths and fables). Thus, her research deals with the mediation processes set up by children’s literature to consider the existence of the world. She is the author of many articles on this matter – including Aborder la philosophie à partir d’albums jeunesse, Hachette Éducation, 2011. She runs the Philoécole workshop of the Philolab association and coordinates the Rencontres sur les Nouvelles Pratiques Philosophiques.

Michel Piquemal is one of the major writers of literature for young people today, with more than 200 books to his name, translated into a dozen languages. He has won many prizes (Le Jobard, Grand prix du livre jeunesse, la boîte à cauchemars, Prix des Incorruptibles, Dis d'où ça vient, Grand prix de la presse, etc.). He dedicates himself tirelessly to the transmission of humanistic values (which he says are threatened by free-market thinking and consumerism) by publishing through Albin Michel many books on philosophy for the young (Les Philo-fables, le conteur philosophe, Piccolo-philo, etc). His career: A doctorate in arts; advanced studies in comparative literature and educational science; 15 years’ teaching in primary schools, before dedicating himself fully to writing; taking charge of collections of publications at Albin Michel.

Michel Tozzi is a researcher, trainer and leader of philosophical discussions in classrooms, cafés philo, workshops and universities. He is editor of Diotime, revue internationale de didactique de la philosophie, published by the CRDP of Montpellier, and has been a member of the editorial committee of Cahiers pédagogiques since 1985. He is a leader of discussions with Café Philo of Narbonne - and was co-founder of the Université Populaire de Narbonne (2003-2004), where he has led a philosophical workshop for the past five years – and of the Université Populaire de Perpignan. He is the author of numerous publications and articles. In 2012 he wrote Les nouvelles pratiques philosophiques à l’école et dans la cité, Chronique Sociale, Lyon.


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 15.11.2012 09:00 local time
End 15.11.2012 10:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Crowley, John
Organizer UNESCO
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 125, rue Suffren
Room Room I
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Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 800
Official Website Philosophy Day at UNESCO
Link 1 Philolab Association (in French)
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