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World Philosophy Day

17 November

2022 Edition: The Human of the Future

To celebrate World Philosophy Day 2022, UNESCO and Le Fresnoy - National Studio of Contemporary Arts organize a symposium and exhibition on the theme "The Human of the Future" at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Room II, from 16 to 18 November 2022.

World Philosophy Day 2022
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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.

Philosophy is an inspiring discipline as well as an everyday practice that can transform societies. By enabling to discover the diversity of the intellectual currents in the world, philosophy stimulates intercultural dialogue. By awakening minds to the exercise of thinking and the reasoned confrontation of opinions, philosophy helps to build a more tolerant, more respectful society. It thus helps to understand and respond to major contemporary challenges by creating the intellectual conditions for change.

On this Day of collective exercise in free, reasoned and informed thinking on the major challenges of our time, all of UNESCO’s partners are encouraged to organize various types of activities - philosophical dialogues, debates, conferences, workshops, cultural events and presentations around the general theme of the Day, with the participation of philosophers and scientists from all branches of natural and social sciences, educators, teachers, students, press journalists and other mass media representatives, and the general public.

In  order  to  build  a  better  world,  to  move  towards  an  ideal  of  peace,  we  know  that  we  must adopt a philosophical approach – namely, we must question the flaws of our world, beyond the tumult of crises. Philosophy  is  therefore essential  when  it  comes  to  defining  the  ethical  principles  that  should guide humanity (...).
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General
Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Philosophy Day, 17 November 2022
17 novembre 2022

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