World Philosophy Day

Research Cooperative
25/10/10 08:25:58PM
Modern social issues seem to be making it difficult to locate the UNESCO-sponsored 'World Philosophy Day' in any one city or country (D. D. Guttenplan in the global edition of the New York Times, Monday 25th October 2010).

... Which is a little odd, since philosophy is not inherently a social or a natural science, nor is it restricted in its cultural scope.

I suspect we are all born as philosophers, and are then mostly trained to become something else, with only faint traces of our initial naivety and philosophical character allowed to remain.

I would like World Philosophy Day to be celebrated everywhere and nowhere in particular.

P. (writing on his own behalf)
Research Cooperative
27/10/10 09:23:47AM @chief-admin:
Dear Katelis,

Thanks very much for all of this. My historically naive comment hardly deserved such a full reply, and I certainly mean no disrespect to human reason, or Philosophy.

On the question of origins... I cannot challenge your account of the historically visible origins of the discipline, but doubt that modern humans could have ever come into existence without at least some members of every (surviving) population being able to think about thinking.

How did my grandfather learn to make an arrow to kill that deer?
How did my son learn to operate that computer?

Without the benefit of a name, or under many different names, I wonder if philosophy was a necessary precondition for our (relatively recent) evolution. The interactions between our instinctive abilities and our thinking abilities have had real physical consequences for our being, as well as cultural consequences.

Best regards, P.