Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
Scholars, luminaries, intellectuals and academics from around the world will celebrate the International Philosophy Day in Iran in November, director of the Iranian Institute of Wisdom and Philosophy has announced.
poster for World Philosophy Day 2008
The International Philosophy Day was proclaimed by UNESCO and
is celebrated every November. The day is observed worldwide in order to
commemorate the birthday of Socrates.
UNESCO hosted the congress every November from 2002 to 2005, but since 2006 it has allowed different countries to host the conference, Gholam-Reza Aavani explained.
"So far Chile, Morocco, Turkey, Italy, and Russia have hosted the event," he added.
"To host the event a formal request was sent to UNESCO. In the letter we highlighted in detail the status of Iran in the area of philosophy.
"Also Dr. Majidi, the Iranian delegate in the UNESCO headquarters played a crucial role to pursue Iran's request, and finally UNESCO awarded Iran to host the conference in Iran," Aavani explained.
"I hope the event will truly display the depth and greatness of the Iranian culture which has manifested itself in the Iranian philosophy.
"These gatherings could provide an opportunity to make scholars and philosophers of other countries better familiar with the Iranian culture and philosophy," he noted.
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