Night of Philosophy and Ideas 2020


The annual “Night of Philosophy & Ideas” events will be taking place around the world over the weekend of January 31st – February 2nd, 2020.

In over 200 locations around the world, these events will bring philosophy and various intellectual and artistic pursuits to the public in the form of an overnight party.

Locations of the 2020 Night of Philosophy & Ideas Events.

You can search to learn more about the events taking place near you here.

The one taking place in Brooklyn, NY, starting on the night of February 1st, bills itself as “an all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music.” It’s free and open to the public.

Its speakers include novelist and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein, New York Times opinion editor and creater of The Stone Peter Catapano, Nobel Prize-winning economist Esther Duflo, comedy writer and television producer Eric Kaplan, ACLU attorney Emerson Sykes, and a variety of others, including a number of philosophy professors, such as Naomi Zack (Lehman/CUNY), Katja Vogt (Columbia), Briana Toole (Claremont McKenna), Mariana Ortega (Penn State), Christia Mercer (Columbia), Peter Asaro (New School), and several more.

There’s more than just talks at this, as you can see from its schedule. In the words of Peter Catapano, it’s somewhat like “an intellectually ambitious circus”.

There’s also an op-ed contest associated with a workshop taking place at the Brooklyn event:

At this workshop and live reading, Peter Catapano will discuss the behind-the-scenes process of editing the New York Times philosophy series, The Stone, and introduce the finalists of the Library’s philosophical op-ed contest, who will read their work. Catapano will reveal the selection and editing of the winners, and take questions. To enter the contest, submit an op-ed of 750 words or less by Jan. 30 to [email protected]. Winners will be notified by email by Feb. 1. Contestants are encouraged to read examples from The Stone before submitting.

Mr. Catapano adds, “While there is no age limit, I think this could be fun for students, and am hoping a good number of young philosophers might submit (and that professors will share the info about the opportunity with their students).”

 

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