World Philosophy Day 2014 - Launch “Philosophy Manual, a South-South Perspective”

When, local time: 
Thursday, 20 November 2014 -
10:30am to 1:00pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
John Crowley, wpd@unesco.org

One of the main events of World Philosophy Day 2014 will be a roundtable discussion at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 20 November 2014 to launch the “Philosophy Manual, a South-South Perspective”.

This philosophy-teaching manual was developed through an inclusive interregional project, led by the UNESCO office in Rabat and supported by the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Programme for the Culture of Peace and Dialogue, funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Through the promotion of South-South intellectual and philosophical dialogue, UNESCO seeks to encourage the development of diverse views by supporting and promoting the often little-known philosophical traditions of the metaphorical “South”. What better way to do this than by providing sound educational resources aimed at teaching young people about the diversity of philosophical thought?

The manual is an innovative and high-quality tool for young people in secondary and higher education, and in non-formal education. The manual not only facilitates the discovery of philosophical texts from Africa, the Arab region, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean, but also promotes their full understanding through a critical apparatus which enables easily adapted educational use.

As well as being informative, the manual provides a comparative reading of texts with a view to broad and diverse reflection on key questions which span world philosophy. UNESCO will promote its adoption in philosophy teaching programmes throughout the world.

The manual is available in Arabic, English and French.