World Philosophy Day - November 17
Thu, Nov 17, 2022

World Philosophy Day

World Philosophy Day is celebrated on November 17 all over the world. From the very beginning of human existence, philosophy has been a part of life. Now science has not sunk into oblivion, but on the contrary has become even brighter, more interesting and more desirable for study. The date is perfect for sorting it out!


Initially, the holiday was held on November 21, 2002 at the initiative of UNESCO. The UN accepted the idea and proclaimed it an International date. In 2005, it was decided to celebrate the date annually. The goal remained unchanged – to recognize philosophy, motivate to study it, delve into its depths and extract from it useful moments for yourself and those around you.

The discipline can be traced back to Ancient Greece in the 6th century BC. Socrates, Pythagoras, Sophists… Philosophy influenced all spheres of life! In her personal life, she helps to solve problems, to exist in society, to accept her mistakes and the actions of others, to analyze concepts.

Interesting facts

Amazing Moments:

  • Socrates was an ardent opponent of luxury, he valued the essentials that a person needs for life. He did not forget to direct his students along this path. At the age of 70, he was prepared for execution for criticizing the pagan gods. It is noteworthy that those close to him offered escape options, but he refused;
  • Plato created an alarm clock based on a water clock so that his students would wake up at a certain time;
  • most medieval and ancient philosophers referred to the words of Aristotle as an irrefutable authority;
  • Diogenes lived in a barrel, was an ascetic. Sometimes he did strange things that shocked people;
  • Montesquieu sat at his desk and pounded hard on the floor, leaving dents on it.

How to celebrate

Touch philosophy, even if you have never been interested in it. World Philosophy Day was created for this! Take part in events dedicated to the holiday. Watch a movie on the topic or start reading a book.

When is World Philosophy Day celebrated in 2022?

World Philosophy Day is observed on November 17 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday November 17 2022
Friday November 17 2023
Sunday November 17 2024
Monday November 17 2025
Tuesday November 17 2026