World Philosophy Day – Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This month, Cambridge Scholars are pleased to support World Philosophy Day, which this year takes place on 16th November. By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November, UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual. The goal of World Philosophy Day is to “win recognition for and give strong impetus to philosophy and, in particular, to the teaching of philosophy in the world”.

© UNESCO / O. Marie

World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002, and later institutionalised in 2005, by UNESCO in order to achieve a number of objectives: the renewal of the international community’s commitment to philosophy, the fostering of philosophical analysis, research and studies on major contemporary issues, to raise public awareness of the importance of philosophy and the myriad ways it is used today, to appraise the state of philosophy teaching throughout the world, and to underline the importance of the universalization of philosophy teaching for future generations.

To mark World Philosophy Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling philosophy titles. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code PHILOSOPHY17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2017.

Collected Essays on Philosophers brings together, for the first time, Colin Wilson’s essays on seventeen philosophers, including some of those he met personally to discuss their ideas. In his essay on Spinoza he wrote: “Philosophers are never so entertaining – or so instructive – as when they are beating one another over the head.” It is that statement, applied to this particular volume, that makes these essays, from England’s only home-grown existential philosopher, so eminently readable, entertaining, instructive and, sometimes, controversial.

Lines of Thought: Rethinking Philosophical Assumptions is a highly innovative and powerfully argued book. According to the author, many philosophical ideas that today are widely seen as old-fashioned and outdated should not be dismissed, but instead should be extensively reworked and reformulated. This also means that contemporary analytical philosophy should begin to question many of its most cherished views and reconsider some of the current ways of looking at philosophy. The papers in this collection aim to restore something of a broader perspective, salvaging isolated insights by integrating them into more comprehensive views.

The essays and interviews collected in The Philosophy Clinic: Practical Wisdom at Work highlights the modern movement of ‘philosophical practice’. Taking their cue and call from Socrates’ summons to ‘know thyself’, contemporary philosophical counsellors and practitioners have returned to the ancient understanding of philosophy as consolation and contemplation, as  a life directed to the loving search for wisdom and clarity. As such, this book will prove of inestimable value to philosophers, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, counsellors, clients, and students of these disciplines.

Why Philosophy Matters: 20 Lessons on Living Large demonstrates that philosophy matters to everyday living and that people who ignore the enduring, fundamental questions of life thereby unwittingly relinquish part of their humanity. The question – “How should I live my life?” – along with cosmological inquiries about the nature of the world, animated Western philosophy during its earliest recorded years. Throughout history, philosophers have provided vastly different answers to the question of what constitutes life. By analyzing carefully their disparate definitions, recipes, and accounts of the good human life we can understand better who we are and who we might be.

To find out more about World Philosophy Day, please click here.

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