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World Philosophy Day, 19 November 2009  
World Philosophy Day, 19 November 2009
For this year’s 2009 edition of World Philosophy Day, celebrated since 2005, the Russian Federation is at the honor as a host of the international celebration of the Day, which will take place from 16 to 19 November in Moscow and in Saint Petersburg. Various other activities will also take place at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris as well as in numerous countries in all regions around the world.
Ever since its inauguration as a “Philosophy Day at UNESCO” in 2002 and particularly since its institutionalization in 2005 as a “World Philosophy Day”, this celebration of philosophy has inspired much enthusiasm. With its aim to bring philosophy closer to everyone, academics, students and the general public alike have all shown great interest in this activity that offers new opportunities and space for philosophical reflection, critical thinking and debate.

The Russian Federation is this year’s host of the international celebration of the Day, which will take place in Moscow and Saint Petersburg from 16 to 19 November. The general theme chosen by the Russian hosts for this international event is “Philosophy in the Dialogue of Cultures“ - a theme that will gather for discussions and debates philosophers, students, academics, diplomats from Russia but also from other countries in the world. This celebration will precede the commemoration of 2010 - International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Several activities are also planned to take place at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, namely:
Finally, in UNESCO’s Member States, a variety of activities organized by different partners, including National Commissions, UNESCO Field Offices, universities, associations, research centres, specialized NGOs and institutes, will gather numerous philosophy enthusiasts, namely philosophy students, teachers, professors and researchers. More information on activities in the world


For more information regarding World Philosophy Day, please contact the Human Security, Democracy and Philosophy Section of UNESCO.
E-mail: philosophy&human-sciences;@unesco.org.

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