Philosophy and the Endangered Liberal Arts: A Discussion for World Philosophy Day

The Marygrove College Philosophy Program cordially invites you to join us for a celebration of World Philosophy Day on Thursday, November 19, at 12:30 PM in LA 241.

World Philosophy Day is a global day of recognition of “the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual.” The event was founded in 2005 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). According to UNESCO, philosophy is especially important for young people because it builds the sort of independent and critical thinking skills that are necessary to work on large scale social problems and to promote peace and justice. That makes philosophy a perfect fit for the tradition of Marygrove’s IHM founders and for the college’s Urban Leadership mission and vision.

This year, in honor of World Philosophy Day and bearing in mind the current pressures in North American higher education, faculty members in the Philosophy program will lead a discussion on the status and possible future of the Liberal Arts tradition in higher education, particularly but not exclusively focusing on the discipline of philosophy. In other words, we hope to address not only the perennial questions of what philosophy is, what it is “good for”, and why it deserves a place in 21st century higher education, but to explore how answers to these questions shed light on the place and value of the liberal arts too.

We sincerely that hope you will join us.

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