18th International Encounters on New Philosophical Practices

When :

from Saturday 23 November, 2019
to Sunday 24 November, 2019

Type of event :

Interagency meeting

Where :

Uni Mail, 40 Boulevard du Pont d’Arve, Geneva, Switzerland

Contact :

Camille Guinet, c.guinet@unesco.org

The 18th International Encounters on New Philosophical Practices will take place in Geneva (Switzerland), on 23 and 24 November 2019. This event is proposed by the UNESCO Chair / University of Nantes "Practices of philosophy with children" and the association Pro Philo, in partnership with the University of Geneva - Uni Mail. The New Philosophical Practices (NPP) is a place of meeting and exchange for all those interested in the practice of philosophy in all its forms including the least traditional.

The New Philosophical Practices (NPP) have grown steadily over the last twenty years. They have spread in the world of education, in the arts, in healthcare and more recently in business. For 18 years, every year, UNESCO organizes these International Meetings, bringing together researchers, practitioners, innovators and the general public, allowing them to communicate their actions and research, to learn, to exchange and to create skill networks around these practices. These Meetings take place alternately at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris or in a host country. In 2019, these Meetings will be held in Geneva and will be co-organized by the French non-profit association proPhilo.

Our contemporary societies face a profound questioning of their political, institutional and ethical foundations. In view of this rising skepticism, a transversal theme will be the focus of these meetings: democracy.

What is the relationship between the New Philosophical Practices and democracy? NPPs consider philosophy primarily as a practice, rather than as a teaching or as a transmission of knowledge about philosophical doctrines and the history of philosophy. Born in democracies, these practices put forward, the central exercise of dialogue. This raises the question of the relationship between these practices and democracy. Philosophy and democracy have rarely met in history, Hegel admired in Napoleon the Absolute Spirit riding Europe, and Heidegger was a member of the Nazi Party ... Other philosophers (those of the Enlightenment and many contemporary philosophers), think on the contrary that philosophy has its role to play in a democracy, allowing the formation of enlightened citizens. The symposium on NPP in Geneva will aim to problematize this relationship.