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Symposium: convivial conversations & drinks on World Philosophy Day

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symposium

sɪmˈpəʊzɪəm/

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  1. a conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject.

  2. a drinking party or convivial discussion, especially as held in ancient Greece after a banquet (and notable as the title of a work by Plato).


Join us for a Philosophy Symposium at the beautiful Greenwich Penisula Pavilion for UNESCO's World Philosophy Day.

And we mean symposium in the ancient Greek sense!

We won't be providing the banquet and there will be fewer beards, but there will be drinks to buy from the bar and questions to be convivially discussed.

We begin at 7pm with the bar being open to help you unwind and get chatting. To get the evening started we will ask some philosophical questions for you to ponder together, and then ask you to pick a question from our philosophy bowls to talk about in small groups. You choose the theme (knowledge, ethics, language and meaning or for the brave amongst you: metaphysics) and then pull a question out of the bowl. The emphasis will be on encouraging you to have philosophical conversations, exploring big ideas with some little (but tricky) questions.

At 8.15pm Mark Vernon and Robert Rowland Smith will hold a Philosophy Slam. Like a poetry slam, but with philosophy. See if they can philosophically riff on words you throw at them.

The evening will continue with mingling, continued conversations and drinks until 10pm.

No experience of philosophy is necessary. Some experience of drinking helpful. Even if it is just water.

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UNESCO's World Philosophy Day

World Philosophy Day was proclaimed by UNESCO to be celebrated every 3rd Thursday of November. It was first celebrated on 21 November 2002.

By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual.

UNESCO’s highlights the importance of philosophy, especially for young people, underlining that “philosophy is a discipline that encourages critical and independent thought and is capable of working towards a better understanding of the world and promoting tolerance and peace”.

The Philosophy Foundation

The Philosophy Foundation celebrate World Philosophy Day each year by bringing philosophy to public spaces and engaging people with philosophy. Founded in 2007 The Philosophy Foundation’s mission is to bring understanding, wisdom and flourishing to the heart of education for children and adults. We do this primarily by facilitating philosophical enquiry in schools, as well as in other learning communities and in the workplace.




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