World Philosophy Day

To celebrate World Philosophy Day 2020, UNESCO will organize four high-level roundtables online on November 19 and 20 with eminent philosophers from all regions, who will be invited to reflect on the meaning of the current pandemic from different tools and philosophical perspectives.

The first round table “Being together in the face of the pandemic” will take place on Thursday 19 November from 11.30 a.m to 1.30 p.m. (Paris time).


  • Jean-Luc Nancy (France): philosopher, great figure of post-modern philosophy, former professor at the University of Strasbourg
  • Serena Parekh (USA): associate professor of philosophy at Northeastern University in Boston, director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program
  • Joelle Zask (France): philosopher, specialist in political philosophy and pragmatism, lecturer at the University of Provence
  • Luca M. Scarantino (Italy): philosopher, professor of philosophy and cultural policy at the IULM University of Milan, president of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP)

Moderator: John Crowley (UNESCO/MOST Programme)

For more information about this first roundtable and to discover the others: