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World Congress of Philosophy opens in Beijing

Source: China Education Daily

The World Congress of Philosophy (WCP) is the world’s largest gathering of philosophers, and will be held for the 24th time from August 13 to 20 in Beijing, co-organized by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) and Peking University.

Under the theme “Learning to Be Human”, the Congress will feature more than 1,000 academic activities, including a plenary meeting, fora, lectures, panel discussions, round-table exchanges, special side meetings and sessions for students. The Congress has already received more than 5,000 submissions, and this gathering is expected to be the biggest in its 100-year history. It is also the first time for the event to be convened in China, and Chinese traditional philosophy will become one of the main topics of discussion.

Attendees at the opening ceremony include Chen Baosheng, the Minister of Education of China, Dermot Moran, President of FISP, and Luca M. Scarantino, Secretary General of FISP. Participants to the Congress include representatives from the organizing committee and academic committee of the 24th WCP, and more than 6,000 academic and amateur philosophers from 121 countries/regions.