Just released : Teaching Philosophy in Europe and North America
On 14, 15 and 16 February 2011, Italy hosted the High-Level Regional Meeting on the Teaching of Philosophy in Europe and North America, co-organized by the Italian National Commission for UNESCO and the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO). The meeting was held at the Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM, Milan. The UNESCO Venice Office supported the event in Milan and the participation of experts from the South-East European region.
The meeting was opened by Professor Giovanni Puglisi, President of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, and Dean of the Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM. It brought together over seventy participants, including delegates from twelve countries in the region concerned: Albania, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Spain and Turkey. Also present were a number of philosophers, inspectors and philosophy teachers at primary, secondary and higher education levels, as well as members of philosophy associations and students.
This new UNESCO publication, entitled “Teaching Philosophy in Europe and North America”, is based on the study published in 2007, Philosophy, a School of Freedom – Teaching Philosophy and Learning to Philosophize: Status and Prospects. It reflects the debates and discussions held during the Milan meeting and offers a useful follow-up to the 2007 study. Recommendations at regional level, drawn up by the participants, have been addressed to Member States, National Commissions for UNESCO and the European Commission – Directorate-General for Education and Culture, philosophy teachers and practitioners, and members of civil society, as well as UNESCO. The complete text of these Recommendations is reproduced on pages 76-83 of this publication.