A man wearing a face mask walks past the Trocadero Place near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Oct. 23, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)
BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- November 19 is World Philosophy Day. In 2005 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference proclaimed that World Philosophy Day would be celebrated every third Thursday of November.
In establishing World Philosophy Day, UNESCO strives to promote an international culture of philosophical debate that respects human dignity and diversity. The Day encourages academic exchange and highlights the contribution of philosophical knowledge in addressing global issues.
The health crisis brings into question multiple aspects of our societies. This year in the context of the raging global COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative for the world to resort to philosophical reflection on the meaning of the current pandemic in order to face the multiple crises we are going through.
On World Philosophy Day, let's seize the occasion to stimulate philosophical reflection on problems that are already present, but which the pandemic has pushed to the forefront, and take the necessary steps to better move forward.
A man wearing a face mask walks on a street in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 17, 2020. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua)
A runner runs along the windmills in Kinderdijk, the Netherlands, Nov. 18, 2020.(Photo by Sylvia Lederer/Xinhua)
People wearing masks walk on the Trocadero Place near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Sept. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)
An old couple walk on a street in Paris, France, Nov. 16, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)
A man walks in the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 26, 2020.(Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)
A man wearing a face mask shops at a tea store in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua)
Students return to school with face masks on after Halloween break in Antibes, southern France, Nov. 2, 2020. (Photo by Serge Haouzi/Xinhua)■
A woman wearing a face mask is seen in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Cheng)
A man walks his dogs at the Montmartre, Paris, France, Oct. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)
Pedestrians walk in Times Square in New York, the United States, Nov. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)
A man wearing a face mask walks on a street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov. 7, 2020. (Photo by Chong Voon Chung/Xinhua)
A man wearing a face mask walks on a street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov. 5, 2020. (Photo by Chong Voon Chung/Xinhua)
A staff member walks past a notice board with epidemic prevention and control measures on it during the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, east China, Nov. 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)
A woman wearing a face mask walks on Westminster Bridge backdropped by the "London Eye", in London, Britain, on Oct. 31, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Yan)
A woman wearing a face mask walks her dog past a mural of Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, in New York, the United States, Oct. 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)■