UNESCO PHILOSOPHY DAY
Celebration in Central Asia
Second Philosophy Day celebration was met with enthusiasm in Central Asia. “Finally, we have our own professional holiday- Philosopher’s Day that we can proudly celebrate within our philosophy community every year”, was a comment made by one of the philosophers at the round table dedicated to UNESCO Philosophy Day. This tradition, Soviet in its origin, is still alive in the post- Soviet countries and always evoked feelings of solidarity among those affiliated with one profession and sharing common interests and knowledge. That’s why celebration was very successful and the events organized were very interesting for different generations of philosophers.
Mrs Haque, Head of Almaty Cluster office speaks about philosophy at UNESCO
UNESCO Almaty Cluster office arranged this Philosophy Day celebration at the Department of Philosophy and Political Studies of the Kazakh National University after Al-Farabi on Thursday, November 20 with the invitation of distinguished philosophers from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to attend the event and share their views on philosophy as it is today given all the historical, societal changes that took place after the break of the Soviet Union and gaining independence, about the philosophical values and quests that nurture this discipline today.
Mrs Haque, the Head of Almaty Cluster office made a brief excursion into the history of Philosophy in UNESCO and why Philosophy is so important today. Professor Garifulla Esim, Dean of the Department of Philosophy and Political Sciences greeted UNESCO representatives and other participants of the event and expressed his gratitude to UNESCO for choosing the Kazakh National University (KazNU) as a location for such an interesting event.
Professor Saidmukhtar Saidkasimov shared with the participants the information about philosophy in Uzbekistan. Professor Gafor Ashurov from Tajikistan talked about Marx’s philosophy; how it was manipulated by the communist ideology and the ways young philosophers should approach studying philosophy nowadays. Professor Baitenova made review of the results of the World Philosophy Forum in Istanbul, presentations of the leading philosophers and trends in the discipline which served as a foundation of further discussions. Professor Nurzhanov from KazNU talked about revival of the philosophy which was considered “dead” until 60ies and 70ies which is being used now as a critical tool to assess the modern processes in the world.
Prof. Orynbekov: Kazakh philosophy roots in the “philosophy of steppes” and should be studied through the history of Kazakh nation and national traditions, e.g.,experience of “bis” (people elected judges)
Professor Orynbekov talked about the Kazakh philosophy which roots in the “philosophy of steppes” and should be studied through the history of development of Kazakh nation and national traditions, e.g., “bi”s (people elected judges) approach to resolution of conflicts and disputes. There were some presentations made on the philosophy of the City, Synergetics, etc.
Students’ intellectual game “Philosophical Hockey” was another event of the Philosophy Day.
Four teams of Philosophy and Oriental Studies departments representing individual philosophers of Ancient Greece, Oriental countries, Medieval times and 19th Century competed in Qs & As sessions, creative assignments by illustrating in tanka verses philosophical ideas of Nietzsche, Augustine, Buddha or Bergson.
The Second Philosophy Day for the first time celebrated in Central Asia reiterated the value of philosophical speculation and its importance for the contemporary world. What human values are and how they are being impacted by modern developments, what the role of philosophy is in assisting the societies to adapt to the changing world remain the main issue of philosophical speculations. Central Asian philosophy needs to rub off all the ideological influences that had been affecting independent thinking of individual philosophers. Philosophers need more interaction which should be carried on international level to test their theories in the genuine atmosphere of philosophical dialogues. Young philosophers whose minds were not spoiled by ideological poison have more opportunities to go into philosophical journeys to create their own kaleidoscopes of philosophical world. UNESCO Almaty’s role is to assist in stimulating these aspirations of both young and older philosophers in Central Asia.
At the end: General picture in the memory of the Second Philosophy Day
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