UNESCO’s three-day celebration of World Philosophy Day 2018


World Philosophy Day, 15 November, will be celebrated by UNESCO from 14 to 16 November through a rich programme, which includes the Night of Philosophy at the Organization’s Headquarters from 7pm on 16 November to 7am on 17 November.

Several institutions, philosophers and artists have partnered with UNESCO for the celebration of Philosophy Day, including Barbara Cassin, the first woman philosopher to have been elected to the Académie française.

Building on the successful turnout of Philosophy Night, held for the first time at UNESCO two years ago, the nocturnal event will be an encounter between philosophy, art and the general public. In a convivial atmosphere that favours an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, the event will bring together 48 philosophers from all over the world, along with 12 artists. Love will be one of the night’s themes in a contemporary re-enactment of Plato’s Symposion, half a century after the youth revolution of 1968.

Other notable events at UNESCO in Paris will include:

  • Café philosophique discussion on Thinking the world of today and tomorrow through the eyes of women philosophers with the participation of Barbara Cassin, initiator of the International Network of Women Philosophers and editor of the UNESCO Women Philosophers’ Journal, in collaboration with the French National Commission, 15 November.
  • Presentation of the latest issue of the International Women Philosophers’ Journal, the publication launched in 2011 to serve as an international network of women philosophers’ to support knowledge production and international communication among members, 15 November.
  • Presentation of the outcome of the digitization of the sound archives of the Paris-based Collège international de philosophie, which will make available to a general audience thousands of hours of interventions by notable philosophers of the 1980s and ‘90s, 15 November.

World Philosophy Day is also celebrated by events across the globe, among them the 11th edition of the Ciudad de las Ideas organized by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Andrés Roemer in partnership with UNESCO, in Puebla, Mexico, from 16 to 18 November.



For a full programme of the three-day celebration and its participants: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0026/002660/266094e.pdf

Journalists wishing to attend these events should request accreditation from Djibril Kébé, UNESCO Media Section, d.kebe@unesco.org, +33145681741

Media Contact: Roni Amelan, UNESCO Press service, r.amelan@unesco.org, +33 (0) 1 45 68 16 50