The University of Jordan News
UJ Marks World Philosophy Day

To mark 2018 World Philosophy Day, the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts held a range of events. The event was held under the patronage of UJ President Prof. Adbul Karim Al Qudah and opened on his behalf by Vice President Prof. Ahmad Majdoubeh.

During the event, the Department of Philosophy announced the opening of a sub-philosophy specialization, which will enable the students to study Philosophy alongside their studies with an aim to teach them a number of significant skills including critical thinking and inductive reasoning.

The World Philosophy Day activities included a number of seminars and lectures. The first session, which was run by Dr. George El-Far, Dr. Wajih Gnasu, the director of the Royal Institute for Inter Faith Studies (RIIFS) and Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut presented a lecture entitled “The Democracy of Human Rights”.

In the second session, which was run by Dr. Amer Shatara, Dr. Abdel Kareem Anayat from Algeria participated in a paper dealing with "The Concept of the Ethical Crisis" and Dr. Toufiq Shomer from Jordan with a paper entitled "Crisis of Enlightenment".

The events of the second day will be divided into two sessions: the first will be run by Dr. Dirar Bani Yaseen and Dr. Siham Harb from Lebanon will present a paper entitled “Reading Texts: Between an Educational Reading and a Seismological Approach”, followed by Dr. Sami Ababneh a Professor in the Department of Arabic Language at UJ. While the second session will be run by Dr. Maha Samhouri in which research papers by students of the Department of Philosophy will be presented. 

Proclaimed by UNESCO in 2005, the World Philosophy Day is marked on the third Thursday of November each year to emphasize the continuing value of philosophy for the development of human thought.