World Philosophy Day
MANILA, Philippines - On the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s initiative, World Philosophy Day is observed on November 18 to celebrate the importance of philosophical reflection, how it can affect our understanding of the world, and how we can consolidate these foundations of peaceful co-existence to better our world.It was in the early 5 B.C. when the first Western philosophers who lived in ancient Greece tried to discover the basic make up of things and nature of the world and reality. In those days, for answers to questions about many subjects, people relied to a great extent on magic, superstition, religion, tradition, or authority. The Greek philosophers considered these sources of knowledge unreliable. Instead, they sought answers by thinking and studying nature. In some non-Western countries, philosophy also had a long history but it was not until 200 years ago that extensive interchanges between Western and Oriental philosophy took place due to easier communications.As a study that seeks to under stand the mysteries of existence and reality, philosophy today has become an inescapable part of human existence. Through philosophy, people can now clarify what they believe and they can …
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Publication information: Article title: World Philosophy Day. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: November 17, 2010. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.