The University of Jordan (UJ) marked World Philosophy Day on Thursday, November 16, with extensive dialogues, confirming that Philosophy plays a significant role in shaping cultural, civil, and social practices.
The event aimed to highlight the value of philosophy and the need to study philosophy as an inspiring discipline that leads for the development of human thought.
The event included three discussion sessions with the participation of a group of academics and students from UJ and members of the Jordan Philosophical Association.
The first session focused on addressing education and philosophy in the face of extremism and terrorism, in addition to the status of philosophy in Jordan.
The second session highlighted mainly the purpose of philosophy, the role of philosophy in change, the importance of Hermeneutics-Interpretation in the face of extremism, and awareness.
The third session ended with an open dialogue with graduates of the Department of Philosophy to come up with a national strategy on Philosophy.
It's worth mentioning that the University has decided to add the new subject "Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Thinking" to its curricula as a compulsory university requirement for all students enrolled in the university as of the 2017/2018 academic year.
The step aims to provide students with the intellectual tools which are useful in resolving the issues they face and confronting domestic challenges.
According to UNESCO, World Philosophy Day has been observed every third Thursday of November since 2002, with the aim of making philosophical reflection accessible to all – professors and students, scholars and the general public – thereby enlarging the opportunities and spaces for the stimulation of critical thinking and debate.