The third Thursday of every November is World Philosophy Day. Established by UNESCO in 2002, World Philosophy Day's objective "is to encourage the peoples of the world 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."
"In celebrating World Philosophy Day, UNESCO reaffirms the power of philosophy to change the world, because it can help us to change ourselves – by giving weight to our indignation before injustice, lucidity to ask the right questions, and conviction to defend human dignity."
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
Message on World Philosophy Day
15 November 2012