This year’s World Philosophy Day is one month away, on November 20th. From the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) website:
In establishing World Philosophy Day in 2005, the General Conference highlighted the importance of this discipline, especially for young people, underlining that “philosophy is a discipline that encourages critical and independent thought and is capable of working towards a better understanding of the world and promoting tolerance and peace.”
Philosophers will each be given a 5% bonus to mark the cultural significance of their research and teaching and will have the day off from work, the UN will call for greater funding for philosophical education worldwide, universities across the globe will be honoring philosophy faculty with banquets replete with fine foods and wine, and your students will spend the day actually preparing for the next class.
I suppose that on World Philosophy Day we should ask not what the world can do for philosophy, but what philosophy can do for the world, or to at least mark the occasion. Does your department or school have plans for the day?