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World Philosophy Day!

This Magazine Staff

November 20th, 2008, is World Philosophy Day, an annual celebration initiated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This year, in Palermo, Italy, a set of philosophers will gather for talks under the theme “Rights and Power”, and with titles like “Human dignity, civil community and public authority”, “From the Mediterranean to the Pacific: new spaces of power and cradles of civilization”, and “Sciences and Power”. There will also be a symposium, “Psychoanalysis, Rights, Knowledge”, in Paris, France. The symposium will consist of conferences and debates on the significance of the “recognition or non-recognition of the ‘human being’ announced in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights”. This is all very esoteric, I know, but it could also be increadibly illuminating. So, if you have the time, share in the celebration and flex your theoretical mind.

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