Leading contemporary philosophical thinkers will gather in Riyadh for a first of its kind philosophy conference at King Fahad National Library this week.
The three-day event between December 8 and 10, will bring over 50 leading contemporary philosophical thinkers from more than 15 countries to participate in an inter-cultural dialogue to explore philosophy across an array of subjects under a theme of 'unpredictability'.
The Ministry of Culture and its Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission, is organising the conference to establish the Kingdom as a centre for philosophical dialogue in the region, encouraging the advancement of scientific and academic research around philosophy, as well as encouraging interest in philosophy and its relevance to all our lives.
On the announcement of the conference, Mohamed Hassan Alwan, CEO of the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission, said: "Our mission is to promote philosophy across a wide range of thinkers and bring critical philosophical debates to Saudi Arabia for the first time, promoting inter-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogues. We also want to introduce philosophy to members of the public who might not have had exposure to it before and promote philosophical thinking, its methods and tools, and how it can be used to empower the youth."
The Riyadh Philosophy Conference programme will cover an array of interactive plenary sessions and workshops, tackling contemporary issues of the day that highlight how philosophy can help us understand the world we live in. Sessions will cover, The Human Condition: Unpredictable Encounters, and several discussions are focussed on the impact of COVID-19, including, Beyond the Global Pandemic: Responding Ethically to the Unprecedented.
Leading philosophical thinkers from universities across the globe will be participating, including the University of Pretoria; Harvard University; The University of Turin; SOAS; Cairo University, King Saud University and many more.
The Riyadh Philosophy Conference will see over 1,500 guests per day, ranging from academics and students to cultural leaders and publishers. In addition to the curated plenary sessions, the event will also feature exhibitor stands hosted by local and international partners, and a number of experiential activations including a reading village, and children's zone designed to instil the value of philosophical thought amongst the next generation.
The event will be open to the public and will feature a variety of accessible lectures exploring relevant topics that will demonstrate the significance of philosophy in today's world and show its ability to help answer key contemporary questions facing humanity. - TradeArabia News Service