Happy (Belated) World Philosophy Day!

I just learned that November 15, 2007, was UNESCO World Philosophy Day, thanks to the Talking Philosophy Blog. What an interesting idea, where, according to the UNESCO website, the purpose of this day is:

Aiming to promote and popularize philosophical reflection, World Philosophy Day in 2007 continues to work towards the fostering of independent thought and dialogue.

Reflection, thought, and dialogue–what can make for a better world? Then again, Analytic folks do not speak with Continental ones, the canon depends upon the school of thought from which you hail, and philosophers are known among the humanities professionals for being more exclusive rather than in-. Perhaps UNESCO means this day as a way to heal the discipline itself?

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