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World Philosophy Day, 20 November 2008

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ទិវាទស្សនវិជ្ជាពិភពលោក​ ២០០៨

World Philosophy Day, an annual celebration of philosophy initiated by UNESCO in 2005, continues to extend its scope. This year, the event will be held in Palermo (Italy) on November 20 and 21, while umerous other initiatives will take place at UNESCO Headquarters and in over 80 countries around the world. The 2008 edition is held in honour of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights.

Message from Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of World Philosophy Day

Palermo, Italy:

The city of Palermo will welcome an international celebration in the presence of the Director-General of UNESCO and important Italian personalities, on 20 and 21 November 2008. The theme “Power and Rights” will be debated – chosen to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Many round tables on various themes will bring together philosophers from all the regions of the world: “Philosophy, Chaos and Law”, “Human Dignity, Civil Community and Public Authority”, or even “Identities facing each other: Cultural Diversity and Philosophical Dialogues.”

Paris (UNESCO Headquarters):

The 8th colloquium on the “New Philosophical Practices” will be held on 19 and 20 November 2008. This meeting, organized by the Philolab association and the IUFM of Créteil (France), is to be a place for debate and exchange for everyone interested or involved in the innovative practices of philosophy. Its aim is to make this discipline accessible to the largest number and to spread its practice to a wide range of places, such as primary and secondary schools, hospitals, companies or organizations, Popular Universities, etc. The dissemination of philosophical teaching and practices are strongly supported by UNESCO. In 2007, the Organization published a study entitled Philosophy, a school for freedom. It offers a state of the art study and analysis of the issue in all regions in the world.

An event entitled “Psychoanalysis, Rights, Knowledge” will be co-organized by UNESCO and the journal Insistance, from 20 to 21 November 2008. This colloquium aims to re-examine the senses, the roles and the values of the notion of the universal “human being” in our rights and knowledge systems, but also in the unconscious which underlies our understanding. It will give place to individual conferences and debates on two important themes: “Thinking about Unrest in Culture” and “Revealing the Truth.”

Finally, the colloquium entitled “Françoise Dolto, Latest Thinking, 1908-2008” will celebrate the centenary of this illustrious French pediatrician and psychoanalyst. The meeting will examine how her living heritage transcends to other thoughts and new practices. The thematic of the child as a subject for thought in its own right, finds a particular echo in UNESCO’s publication Philosophy, a school of freedom. It goes into detail on the problematic and the practice of philosophy for children (PPE).

Member States:

At the same time, in more than 80 UNESCO Member States, students, teachers, professors and researchers in philosophy will take an active role in events which will be organized by different partners: National Commissions for UNESCO, UNESCO Field Offices, universities, associations, research centers, specialized NGOs, institutes, and others.

More information is available on www.unesco.org/shs/en/philosophy

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