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World Philosophy Day

15 November

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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day third of November, repeating indefinitely

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Third Thursday of November every year: Promoting a culture of philosophical debate that respects human dignity and diversity.

World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).

Philosophy is the study of the nature of reality and existence, of what it is possible to know, and of what constitutes right and wrong behaviour. Considered one of the most important fields of human thought, it aspires to understand the very meaning of life. The word comes from the Greek word phílosophía, meaning ‘the love of wisdom.’

In establishing the Day UNESCO aims to promote an international culture of philosophical debate that respects human dignity and diversity. The Day encourages academic exchange and highlights the contribution of philosophical knowledge in addressing global issues. Find out more about the Day on the UNESCO World Philosophy Day and UN World Philosophy Day web pages.

For ideas on ways to bring philosophy into your classroom, have a read through our article on Philosophy for Children (P4C) and browse through the resources listed under Philosophy / P4C / Critical thinking.

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