2014 World Philosophy Day

2014 World Philosophy Day

2014 World Philosophy Day

The World Philosophy Day was established by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2005. At Keele, we have celebrated it every year, since the creation of the Forum for Philosophical Research with the ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’ Annual Lecture and Conference in 2008.

This day marks the importance of philosophy, especially for young people; as highlighted at the 2005 UNESCO General Conference, “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 ”.

In 2014, the World Philosophy Day will be on 19 November. At Keele, we will celebrate it by two important international events, both organised under the aegis of the newly created Centre for Kantian Studies at Keele in Association with Oxford University and University of St Andrews.

The first conference will take place on 22 November and is an international event celebrating 200 years since the publication of Arthur Schopenhauer’s important The Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason. For more details, see: keele.ac.uk/humssr/newsandevents/schopenhauersconference/

The second international event, the Kant Festival, is a series of four Kant-related conferences: a workshop, an annual lecture, a symposium and the official launch of the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Centre. For more information, see: philosophyk.wordpress.com

For more information on the World Philosophy Day, visit: www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/philosophy/philosophy-day-at-unesco/

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