Thursday 17 November 2016

Get Your Thinking Caps On for World Philosophy Day!

Today marks World Philosophy Day, a celebration inaugurated in 2002 by UNESCO. Since 2005, World Philosophy Day has been observed on the third Thursday in November. UNESCO leads World Philosophy Day – but does not own it because, as they say. "It belongs to everyone, everywhere, who cares about philosophy".

On this day, everyone everywhere is encouraged to "to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to inspire a public debate between intellectuals and civil society on the challenges confronting our society."

Events taking place this year include a programme at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris that has been devised to tie in with World Tolerance Day, which was yesterday.

Closer to home (if home for you is in or around Rathmines, Dublin that is) New Acropolis – a non-profit organisation for the purpose of advancement of education – is organising a series of free public lectures this Saturday, 19 November. The programme starts at 3pm with a talk On the Beauty of the Soul. This will be followed by further public discussions on What are the causes of the disillusion and chaos in the world? and The Irish Renaissance.

Further information is available from the organisation's website.

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