| 19 Nov 2015 @ 15:51, by Heiner Benking|
World Philosophy Day 2015
I am a "shadowy left-over" from the UNESCOs 70ies celebrations - G38 (see first picture below and yesterdays blog). After attending all these "High Level stuff" it is a good break to check into this annual gathering on Philosophy- Education - Religion - Pragmatics .... maybe they can reconcile old philosophical schools and fights and come back into relevant lives. Maybe Philosophy now is ready for fighting their sectarianisms, overclaims and oversimplification. Check PDF: "Ignorance Paper":
Pasted from the official UNESCO website: Philosophy Day at UNESCO.
By celebrating the World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November, UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual.
"Faced with the complexity of today’s world, philosophical reflection is above all a call to humility, to take a step back and engage in reasoned dialogue, to build together the solutions to challenges that are beyond our control. This is the best way to educate enlightened citizens, equipped to fight stupidity and prejudice. The greater the difficulties encountered the greater the need for philosophy to make sense of questions of peace and sustainable development."
Irina Bokova UNESCO Director-General
[more] below !
Some midnight overnighting musing: ...
Some midnight overnighting musing:
The week in Paris gave me some food for thought and life. One night I woke up with the idea to create a site on STORY LIVING - after all this stories told ...
The Paris nightmare next door to my hostel, the speech from Hollande, the endless struggle of UNESCO and the UN the last 70 years, all our struggles for water, soil, health, climate, ... all came back and so talking with a "new era"?? DOWN TO EARTH philosophers on practical approaches - given the perplexing complexity of old and new - was really exciting and so I hope I will have the time to check out more on such old/new educational, technological and perennial approaches and kindred spirits! THANKS UNESCO for doing such "celebration years" and opening to wider circles !! with new media means and formats.
It is getting late now - TOMORROW Berlin is on the horizon...
It was refreshing to talk with very special and dedicated participants, specially the last session with Maha, Phinith, Angelique, Claire, Didier, John, ... I should have asked for a copy of the PHILOSOPHY MANUAL from a south-south perspective: Check the website and programmes mentioned below. I on my side promised to connect and learn more....
In establishing World Philosophy Day in 2005, the General Conference highlighted .... see:
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”.
UNESCO's General Conference was convinced that “the institutionalization of Philosophy Day at UNESCO as world philosophy day would win recognition for and give strong impetus to philosophy and, in particular, to the teaching of philosophy in the world”.
UNESCO leads World Philosophy Day – but does not own it. It belongs to everyone, everywhere, who cares about philosophy.
On this Day of collective exercise in free, reasoned and informed thinking on the major challenges of our time, all of UNESCO’s partners (national governments, their public institutions and organizations, including National Commissions for UNESCO, relevant non-governmental organizations, associations, universities, institutes, schools, UNESCO/UNITWIN Chairs, Associated Schools and Clubs and so forth) are encouraged to organize various types of activities - philosophical dialogues, debates, conferences, workshops, cultural events and presentations around the general theme of the Day, with the participation of philosophers and scientists from all branches of natural and social sciences, educators, teachers, students, press journalists and other mass media representatives, and the general public.
Message by the DG:
World Philosophy Day 2015: roundtable on plurality of languages and places of philosophy n
John Crowley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 19 November 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm, France, Paris
A roundtable debate is being organized on the issues of the plurality of languages and places of philosophy.
The full programme was broadcasted on the internet, and an effort will be made to ensure the presence of philosophical themes in social media.
The meeting will bring together philosophers from different countries and aims to address issues concerning three major topics:
- Knowledge and dissemination of philosophical thought of non-Western cultures, especially through new technologies;
- Philosophy outside of the academic enclosure, using new places and formats; and
- The variety of places and forms of teaching and learning philosophy.
The UNESCO Chair on the Practice of Philosophy with Children, being established at the University of Nantes (France), will also be presented.
More on World Philosophy Day 2015
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You see it is about all ! and this is where I feel UNESCO fits in ! Maybe the only institution which can not say it is "not my field" !! I remember this contribution in our WHOLENESS SEMINAR: A must read: Longing for Unified Knowledge by Ivan M. Havel The bottom line of historical record on the beginnings of modern systems thinking: