World Philosophy Day

Date: Third Thursday of November (17 November 2016)

Organized By:UN, UNESCO

Categories:General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Bank Exams, Civil Services Exam, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams

World Philosophy Day


World Philosophy Day is a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) initiative that draws people around the world to engage in shared reflection on contemporary issues.

World Philosophical Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO to honour philosophical reflection in the entire world by opening up free and accessible spaces. Its objective is to encourage the people of the world to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to inspire a public debate between intellectuals and civil society on the challenges confronting our society.

UNESCO General Conference proclaimed to observe to observe every third Thursday of November as World Philosophy Day in 2005 to highlight 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”.

By observing World Philosophy Day, UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual. The observation is also to win recognition for and give strong impetus to philosophy and, in particular, to the teaching of philosophy in the world.

Actions and Programs

On World Philosophy Day many renowned philosophers, educators come together to participate in different programs. The events on this day also discuss about the connection between philosophy, education and culture. Many government and non government agencies and organizations, community groups, clubs, institutions, schools, universities and educators are participating in this observation with different programs.

This day is observed with different programs or events or activities include dialogues, lectures, debates, conferences, meetings, roundtable conferences, discussions on different topics, exhibitions, book fairs etc.


2015: Plurality of Languages and Places of Philosophy

2014: Social Transformation and Intercultural Dialogue

2013: Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life

2012: Future Generations


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