WORLD PHILOSOPHY DAY: NOVEMBER 21, 2013

 

WORLD PHILOSOPHY DAY

Quick Facts

World Philosophy Day is celebrated on the third Thursday of November each year.

Local names

Name Language
World Philosophy Day English
Día Mundial de la Filosofía Spanish

World Philosophy Day 2013 Theme: “Inclusive Societies, Sustainable Planet”

Thursday, November 21, 2013

World Philosophy Day 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

World Philosophy Day annually observed on the third Thursday of November to honor philosophical reflections around the world. It is a day for people to share thoughts, openly explore and discuss new ideas and inspire public debate or discussion on society’s challenges.

Philosophers such as Socrates have contributed to modern thinking in society.

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What do people do?

World Philosophy Day is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) initiative that draws people around the world to engage in shared reflection on contemporary issues. Various events and activities include:

  • Philosophical dialogues, debates, lectures, and meetings involving renowned philosophers.
  • International conferences on philosophical topics such as the connection between philosophy, education and culture.
  • Exhibitions and philosophy book fairs.
  • Philosophy cafes.

Different organizations, community groups and government agencies in many countries, including (but not exclusive to) Chile, France, Morocco, the Philippines, and Turkey, have participated in actively promoting World Philosophy Day.

Public life

World Philosophy day is a global observance and is not a public holiday.

Background

Philosophy has opened the door for new concepts and innovative ideas, laying the foundations of critical thinking, independence and creativity across cultures for many centuries. UNESCO introduced World Philosophy Day in 2002 to honor philosophical reflections throughout the world by opening spaces and encouraging people to share their philosophical heritage, opening their minds to new ideas, and inspire public debate on society’s challenges.

UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura gave a public message about World Philosophy Day in 2004 to highlight the day’s meaning and importance. He said that philosophy gave the conceptual grounding to the principles and values that shaped the possibility of world peace – democracy, human rights, justice and equality. Reflection on contemporary society’s unsolved problems and unanswered questions was always at the heart of philosophical analysis and thinking.

World Philosophy Day Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Thu Nov 21 2002 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 20 2003 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 18 2004 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 17 2005 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 16 2006 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 15 2007 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 20 2008 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 19 2009 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 18 2010 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 17 2011 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 15 2012 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 21 2013 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 20 2014 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 19 2015 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 17 2016 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 16 2017 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 15 2018 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 21 2019 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 19 2020 World Philosophy Day United Nations observance

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