Today Is World Philosophy Day: What Are Your Plans? (updated)


Happy World Philosophy Day, everyone! The day was created in 2002 by the UN to celebrate philosophy. It is celebrated on the third Thursday of November.

Marking World Philosophy Day, the head of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) has stressed that sustainability calls for new ways of thinking about ourselves and the planet and as such, “philosophy and all the humanities will be essential.” 

“The conviction that philosophy can make an essential contribution to human well-being, to addressing complexity, to advancing peace stands at the heart of World Philosophy Day,” UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, said in her message for this year’s celebration.

Ms. Bokova pointed out that UNESCO puts philosophy forward as a force for individual and collective emancipation. “For to think, while reflecting on what it is to think, is to philosophize, and all of us do it constantly, driven by the truest motor of all human ingenuity – wonder.”

More here. The UN also has a page up with links to various events and documents related to the day here.

If you or your school have any special events planned, let’s hear about them.

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UPDATE: Several sources, including a commenter below, inform me that is also the World Toilet Day. The good folks at Wonder Ponder have brought these days of celebration together here. Worth going for the gif alone. And the Irish Times brings International Men’s Day (also today) into the mix here.

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