World Philosophy Day: Philosophy is known to be derived from the Greek word Philosophia, which stands for ‘the love of wisdom’. It defines the study of the nature of reality and existence, of what is possible to know, and of right and wrong behaviour. Philosophy and politics are known to drive human life. This year, it will be observed on November 19.
World Philosophy Day History
In the year 2002, World Philosophy Day was first introduced by UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The day aims at promoting an international culture of philosophical debate that respects human dignity and diversity.
World Philosophy Day Theme
World Philosophy Day was first celebrated on November 21, 2002. The UNESCO has declared World Philosophy Day to be celebrated on every 3rd Thursday of November, starting 2005. This year, the third Thursday of the month falls on November 19.
“The 2020 edition wishes to invite the whole world to reflect on the meaning of the current pandemic, underlining the need, more than ever before, to resort to philosophical reflection in order to face the multiple crises we are going through. The health crisis questions multiple aspects of our societies.”
World Philosophy Day Significance
World Philosophy Day came into being after it was introduced by UNESCO in 2002. The international organization set up this international day to strengthen people’s commitment to philosophy by fostering philosophical analysis, research and studies on major contemporary issues. It also raised awareness about the importance of philosophy.