UNESCO celebrates third Philosophy Day on November 18UNESCO will celebrate Philosophy Day for the third year running. A number of high-profile activities - round tables, lectures, a Café philosophique, artistic events and book fair - will take place at UNESCO Headquarters while other celebrations will be organized in more than 70 Member States around the world.
By focusing on the wealth of philosophical cultures and traditions, Philosophy Day, which is open to the general public, aims to shed new light on some of today’s major global challenges. In Paris, the inauguration ceremony, at 9.15 a.m., will feature addresses by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and the Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board Hans-Heinrich Wrede. There will be tributes to Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault and Immanuel Kant.
Nine round tables are planned: The future of human beings (all day, Room XII) organized with the University of Paris VII; Human rights and international law: Problems of Justification and Universality (morning, room X, with simultaneous interpretation) organized with the Oxford Centre of Ethics and the Philosophy of Law; Philosophy and the Liberation of Women (morning, Room VII), organized with the Université populaire de Caen; Philosophizing in Africa today? (morning, Room X, with simultaneous interpretation); Philosophy and the Young Mind (morning, Room III) organized with the Université populaire de Caen; On the philosophy of Paul Ricoeur (afternoon, Room XI) organized with the Institut international de philosophie; Philosophy for the Protection of Human Rights (afternoon, Room IX, with simultaneous interpretation) organized with the UNESCO Chair in Philosophy at Hacettepe University, Turkey, and the Turkish Association of Philosophy; Philosophy and Latin America (afternoon, Room VI, with simultaneous interpretation) organized with the University of Buenos Aires, the Collège international de philosophie and the Maison de l’Amérique latine; Intercultural Philosophical Dialogue on University Education (afternoon, Room VII).
An Inter-regional Philosophical Dialogue: Asia and the Arab World will bring together about 30 participants from the two regions, from 3 to 5 p.m. (Room IV, with simultaneous interpretation). The Philosophical Forum: Which UNESCO for the future? will be held from 5.30 to 7 p.m. (Room X) with Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Fatma Haddad, Edgar Morin and Hisashi Owada. The Day of study of the Collège international de philosophie are organized in two parts: Political Philosophy:
A Tribute to Miguel Abensour (all day, Room II) and Philosophy and globalization from the cosmopolitical perspective (all day, Room VIII). Each will include about 15 speakers.
Are also planned: a café philosophique (morning, Pas Perdus Hall); a discussion on the work of Michel Onfray (morning, Room IV); an international philosophy book Fair (Ségur Hall); a contemporary art exhibition; three installations by the Collectif fragmentaliste (Miró Hall); a photography exhibition (Ségur Hall); the presentations of UNESCO’s philosophical publications (Pas Perdus Hall); and the screening of a film produced by Arte, Michel Foucault par lui-même (cinema).
The event will close with a jazz concert (Room I), and a philosophical chat, with Herbie Hancock, Chucho Valdes, Diane Reeves and Wayne Shorter, accompanied by the Thelonious Monk Jazz Ambassadors.
Invitations for the public available on request: Tel +33 (0)1 45 68 38 12