World Philosophy Day is an annual event observed annually on 3rd Thursday of November to encourage philosophical reflections around the world. It is a day for people to share and discuss their new ideas and thoughts freely, inspire public debate and discussion on Society’s Challenges.
History of World Philosophy Day
World Philosophy Day was first celebrated on 21 November 2002 by UNESCO. Each year by celebrating World Philosophy Day on third Thursday on November, UNESCO underlines the philosophical reflections throughout the world and the enduring value of philosophy for the progress of human thought for each culture and individual and Inspire public debate on society’s challenges. The Day Inspire academic exchange and mark the contribution of philosophical knowledge in addressing global issues.
In 2005 UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura gave a public message in World Philosophy Day to highlight the importance of this discipline especially for young generation, he said that “Philosophy is a discipline that encourages critical and independent thought, and it is capable of working towards a better understanding of the world and promoting tolerance, peace, justice, and equality.” Philosophy has opened the door for new concepts and advanced ideas for people. For UNESCO, philosophy provides the conceptual bases principles and values on which world peace depends on democracy, human rights, justice, and equality.
Is it a Public Holiday?
World Philosophy Day is not a public holiday. It is only a Global Observance that enhances people’s thinking and to share their thoughts and ideas. So public life is not affected by this.
What do people do?
World Philosophy Day is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) initiative that people around the world to engage in shared reflection on contemporary issues. UNESCO has always closely linked to philosophy. On this day various events and activities are held. Also, in these include:
- Philosophical debate, dialogue, lectures, and meetings famous philosophers
- Exhibitions and philosophy bookstalls
- International conferences on philosophical topics
- On media, many talk shows, and other programs
World Philosophy Day is celebrated due to the importance of philosophical reflection and encourages people all around the world to share their philosophical thoughts with each other. In every culture, philosophy has given birth to new ideas, concepts, and analysis and through this, they have set down the critical, individual and creative thought. Now, in many countries, different organizations, community groups, and government agencies have participated in promoting World Philosophy Day. In these includes France, Chile, the Philippines, Morocco, Turkey, and many others.