This yearâ€™s â€œWorld Philosophy Dayâ€ will be held on November 19. However the official international celebration of the Day will be held from November 16-19 in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia. The theme, â€œPhilosophy in the Dialogue of Culturesâ€, was selected by the host in order to â€œfoster the dissemination of philosophy in all its traditions.â€ Specific topics to be discussed in parallel round tables during the celebration are as follows:
* Liberating from the stereotypes concerning history of philosophy;
* Dialogue of rationalities;
* Cultural self-consciousness in the era of globalization;
* Philosophical images of human being;
* XXI centuryâ€™s technological challenges;
* Values and the dialogue of cultures;
* Philosophy for children;
* Common cultural grounds of the national self-consciousness of the nations of CIS and Baltic states;
* Teaching philosophy in multicultural context.
The first World Philosophy Day was held last November 24, 2005 in Chile. It was instituted by UNESCO with the primary purpose of â€œmaking philosophy accessible to all.â€ With this in mind everyone is encouraged to participate in the celebration, wherever you may be.
Some ideas to celebrate World Philosophy Day:
*Invite a speaker to expound on any relevant topic.
*Read a philosophy book.
*Have a costume party where people are required to dress up as philosophers or a concept.
*Get together with a bunch of your philosophical (or just plain argumentative) friends and have a healthy debate on the following pesky topics (courtesy of David Bainâ€™s article in BBC):
1.Should we kill healthy people for their organs?
2. Are you the same person who started reading this article?
3. Is that really a computer screen (person – since youâ€™ll be in front of your friend) in front of you?
4. Did you really choose to do what you are doing right now?