World Philosophy Day - 3rd Thursday of November

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World Philosophy Day - 3rd Thursday of November

Postby Prismatic567 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:13 am

Philosophers around the world: rejoice, for the entire world shall pay homage to the great subject this week.

In 2002, UNESCO first declared the third Thursday in November to be world philosophy day; this year, the United Nations agency organized discussions and lectures to celebrate philosophy from November 14 to 16. In honor of world philosophy today (Nov. 15), here are some of the philosophical musings of great philosophers throughout history on the very subject to which they are devoted:
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Re: World Philosophy Day - 3rd Thursday of November

Postby Carleas » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:25 pm

Not surprising that almost no one noticed this go by. Part of me regrets that philosophy has as low a profile as it does, but another part of me thinks that philosophers as a group are likely to be cynical about the 'day for everything' trend.

Also, not to be too much of a stereotype, but why the third Thursday in November? It sure seems like picking a random day for a celebrating a random discipline.
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Re: World Philosophy Day - 3rd Thursday of November

Postby Mr Reasonable » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:39 pm

It's good for it to have a low profile. Could you imagine if in the current political climate, the 2 sides fancied themselves philosophers while simultaneously ignoring the need to separate politics from philosophy? Most people aren't smart enough to do that. Like think of the people who read atlas shrugged and then nothing else and then move on thinking they've got the truth of how the world is and should be because a "philosopher" said so...but on a massive scale. The thought is horrifying.
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