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For the second consecutive year, UNESCO is organizing Philosophy Day, an event for the general public, which is invited to reflect on current issues in the company of some 50 philosophers from different regions of the world. It will take place at UNESCO on November 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.*.
UNESCO and its partners have organized 12 thematic round-table discussions:
  • Global Justice: Philosophy Facing Problems of the XXIst Century, with the International Federation of Philosophical Societies
  • Knowledge and Power, with the “Université de tous les savoirs”
  • Philosophy and Problem(s) of the Present, with the University of Paris VIII
  • War and Reconciliation, with the “Agence universitaire de la francophonie”
  • Transcending Cultures? , with the “Collège international de philosophie”
  • Philosophy of the City, with the University of Paris VII
  • The Arab and Western Worlds: A Philosophic Dialogue on Transcultural Approaches, with the University of Paris VIII, the “Groupe d’études et de recherches sur les mondialisations”, the University of Tunis and the University of Bremen (Germany)
  • Is Popular Philosophy Possible? , with the “Université Populaire” of Caen
  • Open Problems in Epistemology: Rationality, Knowledge, Information, with the “Conseil international de la philosophie et des sciences humaines” (CIPSH), the “Maison des sciences de l’homme” and the International Institute of Philosophy
  • Human Rights: Obstacles and Progressive Realization, with the UNESCO Chair in Philosophy at the University of Hacetteppe (Turkey)
  • The future of Art Through the Prism of Philosophy, with the London Institute HEC (Higher Education for Capability)
  • Philosophy of the Body, with the University of Paris XI.
    For this event, UNESCO's Paris Headquarters will turn into a huge forum hosting an array of activities, including a “Café Philosophique”, a Philosophy Book Fair, documentary film screenings, an “art event” and the XIth International Philosophy Olympiads.
    The day will conclude with a philosophical conversation with Roger-Pol Droit, followed by a debate on philosophy and music and a concert featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute Musicians.
    As with last year, Philosophy Day will be celebrated in several countries. More than 3,500 people attended the event at UNESCO last November 21.


    Journalists wishing to cover the Symposium must register with the Press Service. Tel: 01 45 68 17 48

    * People wishing to attend should register (tel : 01 45 68 38 12 / 01 45 68 38 55, philosophy&human-sciences@unesco.org) or present proof of identity at the entrance.


    An information kit is available on request



    Source Media Advisory no. 2003‏-88



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