World Philosophy Day activities held Nov. 12 & 19

Article Published: Nov. 5, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University invites everyone to participate in activities associated with World Philosophy Day.

This year's theme is "penser pour agir" (thinking in order to act).

The film "Examined Life" by Astra Taylor will be shown Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union's Greenbriar Theatre.Admission is free.

Taylor accompanies some of today's most influential thinkers on a series of excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas, including Cornel West, Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Hardt and Judith Butler.

"Wittgenstein" by Derek Jarman will be shown Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. Admission is free. The film is a dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), whose principal interest was the nature and limits of language.

A series of sketches depict the unfolding of his life from boyhood, through the era of the first World War, to his eventual Cambridge professorship and association with Bertrand Russell and John Maynard Keynes.

In addition, a display table about World Philosophy Day will be in Plemmons Student Union Nov. 19.

World Philosophy Day was initiated by UNESCO to encourage reflection, debate and fruitful exchange. The day promotes reflection on the importance of philosophy and encourages all nations and people to share their particular philosophical heritage.

For information, call Monique Lanoix at (828) 262-2422 or e-mail (

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