Paris, 18 November 2022 (TDI): World Philosophy Day is celebrated each year on the third Thursday of November. This year it took place on 17 November 2022.

This day was proclaimed International Day in 2005 by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). World Philosophy Day was first celebrated on 21 November 2022.

By celebrating this day, UNESCO highlights how philosophy continues to be important for the advancement of human thought in every culture and every individual.

It underlines how philosophy is vital for the understanding of the past, present, and future understanding of the world.

Theme of 2022

The theme of this year is “The Human of the Future”. Furthermore, to celebrate World Philosophy Day 2022, a conference and exhibition are organized by UNESCO and Le Fresnoy-National Studio of Contemporary Arts in Paris from November 16–18, 2022.

This event is based on the theme and various disciplines. These disciplines include anthropology, natural sciences, technology issues, post-colonialism, gender, waste, fictional inventions, and the cosmos.

All of UNESCO’s partners are encouraged to plan a variety of events on this Day. Philosophers and scientists from all fields of the natural and social sciences, educators, teachers, students, press journalists, and other mass media representatives, as well as members of the general public, are encouraged to participate.

They take part in philosophical dialogues, debates, conferences, workshops, cultural events, and presentations focused on the Day’s central theme.

Message from Director-General

On this Day, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, gave a message. She said, “On World Philosophy Day, UNESCO invites us to celebrate the diversity of human thought and to take a philosophical look at the world.”

“To build a better world, to move towards an ideal of peace, we know that we must adopt a philosophical approach. We must question the flaws of our world, beyond the tumult of crises” she added.


World Philosophy Day motivates people to deliver their philosophical thoughts and learn more about philosophy. Additionally, this day underlines the importance of analysis, research, and study of past and present events.