RIYAD – The program was announced Wednesday for the first philosophy conference which took place in Saudi Arabia at the King Fahd National Library in Riyadh.
Hosted by the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission of the Saudi Ministry of Culture, the three-day conference brings together international, regional and Saudi thinkers to discuss the most pressing contemporary philosophical debates and explore the relevance of philosophy in today’s world, under the theme of ‘Unpredictability.’
Among the international philosophers who will speak are Michael Sandel, leading broadcaster on public philosophy, from Harvard University and Luca Maria Scarantino, president of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies. They are joined by many other leading international academics.
Prominent Saudi Arabian philosophers including Dalia Toonsi take the floor. Toonsi, the founder of Baseera Educational Consultancy, hosts the Children’s Philosophy Space within the site. Abdullah Al-Ghathami, professor of criticism and theory at King Saud University, participates in the opening of the conference.
Hassan Alsharif, assistant professor of philosophy and president of the Saudi Philosophy Center at Taibah University, will discuss how to respond ethically to the global pandemic. Alwaleed Adel Alsaggaf of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and Dr Abdullah Almutairi, President of the Saudi Philosophy Society, also spoke. The full three-day program is available on the conference website.
The sessions will cover a wide range of themes and perspectives and will include “The unpredictable and the limits of human reason”, “Homo litter and the immensity of time”, “Why (and how) to inspire children to become philosophers? “,” Unpredictable Past: rethinking history “,” An ethical response to the unprecedented “,” How the unexpected can foster new scientific paradigms “,” Inventing new futures in philosophy: an aesthetic experience ” and “The challenges of the investigation”.
Other leading academic institutions in which academics participate include New York University, Paris Diderot University – Paris VII, University of London, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Harvard University, Alfaisal University, l ‘Qassim University, Saudi Arabia, University of Cape Town, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Bolivia, American University of Cairo, University of Cairo, University of Pretoria, University of Buenos Aires, the University of Toronto and many others.
The conference includes plenary lectures, panels, a children’s area, high-tech interactive installations that bring the philosophy to life, such as a ‘tree of philosophy’, and a range of activities organized by local partners, including several workshops for children run by a Saudi education consultancy firm. Baseera.
The Saudi Philosophical Society is hosting a Philosophical Café for networking sessions. The Mekal Philosophy Club features rare philosophy books and the Hekmah Magazine booth will feature interviews, videos and publications. The Mana Cultural Platform hosts a “Reading Village” and the “Mana Platform” for global conversations with philosophers.
Dr Mohammed Hassan Alwan, CEO of Literature, Publication and Translation Commission, said: “The Riyadh Philosophy Conference takes place at an important time for the world and for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For our world, the pandemic has demonstrated that unpredictability – our conference theme – in the form of the pandemic, impacts all of our lives, exposing vulnerabilities but also showing how vital our common humanity is to resolving them. challenges.
“It is fitting that the conference explores some of humanity’s greatest questions through the prism of unpredictability and shows the relevance of philosophy to all of us, regardless of our age or nationality.
“The conference is also an important moment for Saudi Arabia. We are living through an exhilarating period of transformation as we pursue the ambitious goals of Vision 2030, especially in the cultural space.
“The Riyadh Philosophy Conference is emblematic of this transformation, and by increasing interest in philosophy and critical thinking, especially among young people, it can help provide Saudis with the intellectual tools to build an ever more prosperous future. .
“We are pleased to welcome leading thinkers and learning centers from around the world, in a spirit of mutual partnership. We are convinced that there will be a lasting legacy of intercultural dialogue and friendship which will have a positive ripple effect at home and abroad. – SPA