World Philosophy Day - 21 November

21 Nov 2019

Philosophy is the study of the nature of reality and existence, of what is possible to know, and of right and wrong behaviour. It comes from the Greek word phílosophía, meaning 'the love of wisdom.' It is one of the most important fields of human thought as it aspires to get at the very meaning of life.

World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) with the following objectives:

  1. to renew the national, subregional, regional and international commitment to philosophy;
  2. to foster philosophical analysis, research and studies on major contemporary issues, so as to respond more effectively to the challenges that are confronting humanity today;
  3. to raise public awareness of the importance of philosophy and its critical use in the choices arising for many societies from the effects of globalization or entry into modernity;
  4. to appraise the state of philosophy teaching throughout the world, with special emphasis on unequal access;
  5. to underline the importance of the universalization of philosophy teaching for future generations.

Philosophise at the library

Celebrate deep thinking will some of our free philosophy resources. 

  • Search our catalogue for some works of classic and contemporary philosophy. 
  • Ask some big questions and watch the online course The Big Questions of Philosophy on our Kanopy service. The Great Courses available on that streaming service is an amazing resource for those not just wanted to learn more about philosophy but any number of topics. To access Kanopy visit the website to register. You will need your library membership number and a valid email address. Kanopy Help 
  • Research the world of philosophy to your hearts content with some of our research databases