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When is World Philosophy Day in 2019?

World Philosophy Day in 2019 is on the Thursday, 14th of Nov (11/14/2019).

World Philosophy Day is on the 318th day of 2019. There are 47 days left in the year.

World Philosophy Day Facts

  • Date: Nov 14, 2019
  • International
  • Also Called: Philosophy Day
  • Celebrations: Raise public awareness of the significance of philosophy, exhibitions, book fairs, reading, donation
World Philosophy Day

Philosophy has its origins in Greek. It comes from the word Philo'sophia which means the love for wisdom. Philosophy is a way of provoking thinking about the universe and aims at discovering the value and importance of life. World Philosophy Day was launched in 2005 by UNESCO. Since then, the holiday has been observed every year on the third Thursday of November. The day aims at promoting people’s thoughts, ideas and critical thinking to tackle today’s challenges.

History of World Philosophy Day

World Philosophy Day was first celebrated in 21st November 2002 by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to honor philosophical reflections across the globe. In 2005, it became the official UN World Philosophy Day. The day is observed every year on the third Thursday of November to encourage the public to share their thoughts and discuss new ideas frankly. Every year, UNESCO creates a unique World Philosophy Day theme aimed at promoting philosophical thoughts to the general public.

How to Celebrate World Philosophy Day

UNESCO organizes various World Philosophy Day activities and events at the international, national and local level. The public is then invited to participate in exhibitions, book fairs, debates, lectures, philosophy cafes, and global conventions.

As an individual, you can help in spreading awareness about philosophy. Urge everyone to share their thoughts and new concepts freely. Share on social media using the hashtags #WorldPhilosophyDay and #PhilosophyDay

Watching a movie that touches on philosophy is also a good thing. Some of the best films in this field include The Matrix (1999), Being There (1979) and Blade Runner (1982)

You can as well read a book on philosophy to learn more about its history and the brains behind the philosophical concept. Some of the best reads include A History of Western Philosophy, Plato’s Republic and Critique of Pure Reason.

The UNESCO often holds philosophical debates on a live webcast on their official website. You can tune in to listen to great philosophical ideas both in English and French.

Another good way to celebrate this day is by donating to the Philosophy Foundation. Proceeds raised are used towards providing specialist teachers of philosophy to schools.

Why Celebrate World Philosophy Day

Philosophy provides the conceptual grounding for values and principles to shape the world’s democracy, peace, justice, equality, and human rights. Philosophy also encourages independent and critical thinking which contributes towards a better understanding of world peace and tolerance.

By celebrating World Philosophy Day, the interests of younger generations are well taken care of when sustainable development is taken into account. This is possible through a series of events and demonstrations aimed at teaching philosophy as a school subject.

Objectives of World Philosophy Day

- To renew the commitment of philosophy at the national, regional and international level

- To spread awareness of the importance of philosophy and its use in the arising modernity and globalization

- To understand the importance of teaching philosophy to the youth and future generations

- To foster studies on significant contemporary issues, philosophical analysis, and research. This helps in effective response towards the challenges facing humanity today

- To appraise the teaching of philosophy across the world and emphasis is given to nations facing unequal access.

Facts about Philosophy

- The earliest known world philosophers were from Greek. Plato and Aristotle are believed to have been the great thinkers on thoughts of logic, science, ethics, politics, and classification.

- Just like religion, philosophy attempts to explain the mystery of human and world existence

- Socrates was considered the ugliest philosopher in Athens.

- Karma is a philosophical concept and principle that states that if you do good, good things will follow you. But if you do evil, negative consequences will haunt you in this life and the next.

- Rene Descartes is the figure behind modern philosophy. History credits him for the first to use to develop natural sciences using the concept of reasoning. He lived between 1596 and 1650.

World Philosophy Day Observances

  • Thu
  • Nov 14, 2019
  • Thu
  • Nov 15, 2018
  • Thu
  • Nov 16, 2017

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2019

TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01Global Family Day
FridayFriJan 04, 2019Jan 04World Braille Day
FridayFriJan 11, 2019Jan 11International Thank-You Day
WednesdayWedJan 30, 2019Jan 30World Leprosy Day
TuesdayTueFeb 12, 2019Feb 12Darwin Day
ThursdayThuFeb 21, 2019Feb 21International Mother Language Day
FridayFriFeb 22, 2019Feb 22World Thinking Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2019Mar 01International Day of the Seal
FridayFriMar 08, 2019Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 15, 2019Mar 15Red Nose Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2019Mar 20World Frog Day
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
FridayFriMar 22, 2019Mar 22World Water Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2019Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SundaySunMar 24, 2019Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 30, 2019Mar 30Earth Hour
TuesdayTueApr 02, 2019Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2019Apr 07World Health Day
FridayFriApr 12, 2019Apr 12Yuri's Night
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2019Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SundaySunApr 21, 2019Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
MondayMonApr 22, 2019Apr 22Earth Day
TuesdayTueApr 23, 2019Apr 23World Book Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Penguin Day
FridayFriMay 03, 2019May 03World Press Freedom Day
SundaySunMay 05, 2019May 05International Midwives Day
WednesdayWedMay 08, 2019May 08World Red Cross Day
FridayFriMay 10, 2019May 10World Lupus Day
SundaySunMay 12, 2019May 12International Nurses Day
MondayMonMay 13, 2019May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
WednesdayWedMay 15, 2019May 15International Day of Families
SaturdaySatMay 18, 2019May 18International Museum Day
TuesdayTueMay 21, 2019May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 22, 2019May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2019May 23World Turtle Day
FridayFriMay 24, 2019May 24World Schizophrenia Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2019May 25Towel Day
FridayFriMay 31, 2019May 31World No-Tobacco Day
MondayMonJun 03, 2019Jun 03World Bicycle Day
WednesdayWedJun 05, 2019Jun 05World Environment Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2019Jun 08World Ocean Day
FridayFriJun 14, 2019Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SundaySunJun 16, 2019Jun 16International Day of the African Child
MondayMonJun 17, 2019Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
ThursdayThuJun 20, 2019Jun 20World Refugee Day
FridayFriJun 21, 2019Jun 21International Yoga Day
WednesdayWedJun 26, 2019Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
ThursdayThuJul 11, 2019Jul 11World Population Day
TuesdayTueJul 16, 2019Jul 16World Snake Day
SundaySunJul 28, 2019Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 04, 2019Aug 04International Friendship Day
ThursdayThuAug 08, 2019Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
FridayFriAug 09, 2019Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
SaturdaySatAug 10, 2019Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12International Youth Day
TuesdayTueAug 13, 2019Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
WednesdayWedAug 14, 2019Aug 14World Lizard Day
FridayFriAug 23, 2019Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SundaySunSep 08, 2019Sep 08International Literacy Day
FridayFriSep 13, 2019Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15International Day of Democracy
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MondayMonSep 16, 2019Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
ThursdayThuSep 19, 2019Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
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SundaySunSep 22, 2019Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SundaySunSep 29, 2019Sep 29Inventors Day
TuesdayTueOct 01, 2019Oct 01International Music Day
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ThursdayThuOct 03, 2019Oct 03World Temperance Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2019Oct 04World Animal Day
SaturdaySatOct 05, 2019Oct 05World Teacher's Day
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WednesdayWedOct 16, 2019Oct 16World Food Day
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FridayFriNov 08, 2019Nov 08World Town Planning Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Diabetes Day
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SaturdaySatNov 16, 2019Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
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ThursdayThuNov 21, 2019Nov 21World Television Day
MondayMonNov 25, 2019Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
SaturdaySatNov 30, 2019Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SundaySunDec 01, 2019Dec 01World Aids Day
MondayMonDec 02, 2019Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
ThursdayThuDec 05, 2019Dec 05International Volunteers Day
SaturdaySatDec 07, 2019Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
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